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Ignite your creative vision.

Welcome to the Writer’s Digest Podcast! Hosted by Gabriela Pereira, this monthly podcast features interviews with experts and icons of the writing world whose insights will help ignite your creative vision, hone your skills, build your platform and get your work out into the world.

Check Out the Latest Episode

Episode 1: Introducing the Writer’s Digest Podcast — Interview with Jess Zafarris and Tyler Moss | Listen Here

Episode 2: Business Strategy for Writers — Interview with James Scott Bell

Episode 3: Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Essays — Interview with Windy Lynn Harris

Episode 4: The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 4: Deconstructing Humor — Interview with Laurie Kilmartin

Episode 5: Children’s Literature and Diversity in Publishing — Interview with Patrice Caldwell

Episode 6: Jeff & Ann VanderMeer on Anthologies, the Genre Fiction Divide, and Deep Reading

Episode 7: The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 7: Ask the Agent — Interview with Barbara Poelle

Episode 8: Interview with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

Episode 9: Using Your Words for the Power of Good — Interview with Heather Graham

Episode 10: The Art of the Graphic Memoir

Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

Episode 12: Writing for the Screen and the Page with Doug Richardson

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About The Writer's Digest Podcast

The Writer's Digest Podcast was created by Editor-in-Chief Tyler Moss, Content Strategist Jess Zafarris, and Gabriela Pereira of DIYMFA.com. Continuing the legacy of nearly a century of interviews with iconic authors in Writer's Digest magazine, this podcast brings our core interviews with authors and writing experts to a new audience. Each episode will take a deep dive into the interviewees' areas of expertise in the writing world: improving your writing, getting your work out into the world, working with agents, navigating the publishing industry, and more.

About the Host

Gabriela Pereira is an author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd whose book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community from Writer’s Digest Books shows you how to recreate the Master of Fine Arts experience without going back to school. As the founder and instigator of DIYMFA.com, Gabriela’s mission is to empower writers to take an entrepreneurial approach to their education and professional growth. She earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences, local workshops, and online. In addition to the Writer’s Digest Podcast, she also hosts the podcast DIY MFA Radio, where she interviews best-selling authors and book industry insiders about the art and business of writing.

Suggest a Guest

Have an idea for a potential speaker on the podcast? Let us know by emailing Jess Zafarris at jessica.farris@fwmedia.com. Please send a detailed pitch with information about the potential speaker, his or her forthcoming work, and an explanation of why this person would provide information that Writer's Digest readers and listeners could use. We seek authors, editors, agents, screenwriters, publishers, poets and other participants in the writing world.

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In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

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Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!