Mia Mercado: On Challenging Niceness Through Personal Essays
Writer Mia Mercado discusses combining essays with short stories in her new collection, She’s Nice Though.
6 Types of Creative Nonfiction Personal Essays for Writers to Try
In this post, we reveal six types of creative nonfiction personal essays for writers to try, including the fragmented essay, hermit crab essay, braided essay, and more. Take your essay writing up a notch while having fun trying new forms.
How to Write Compelling Personal Essays: 9 Ingredients for Spicing Up Your Writing
Author Elaine Klonicki discusses how to turn the stories you tell in person into compelling personal essays on paper.
Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts: On Intentional Expressions of Black Joy
Author and podcast host Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts discusses how exploring personal joy led her to write her new essay collection, Black Joy.
Two Tips for Incorporating Reportage and Cultural Criticism into the Personal Essay and Memoir
When writing real-life events, including interviews and first-hand accounts can enhance the writing. Here, author and essayist Hasanthika Sirisena shares two tups for adding reportage and cultural criticism into personal essays and memoirs.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Undermining Your Expertise in Self-Help Writing
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is undermining your expertise in self-help writing.
Late to the Party: On Being a “Mature” Debut Author
It's never too late to start your writing career. Shawn Nocher, author of A Hand to Hold in Deep Water, shares her journey.
How to Write a Eulogy When the Need Arises
While plenty of eulogies are delivered by a clergy member, the perspective provided by a close friend or family member can retell cherished memories of the deceased. If you find yourself needing to pen one, let this advice by Paul Vachon guide you.
How to Approach Friends and Family About Your Memoir
No one can decide whether showing your memoir to loved ones before it goes to press is the right choice for you. However, if you're planning to approach your friends and family about it, let memoirist Ronit Plank give you 3 tips for doing so.
Writer’s Digest Columns: How to Write a Five-Minute Memoir
Want to write for WD? Here are editor tips on how to submit to one of our most popular columns, 5-Minute Memoir.
Flat on My Back and Writing in My Head: On Writing My Book After a Stroke (and Believing I Was Sherlock Holmes)
Author Timothy Miller explains how his novel came together as he was recovering from a major medical incident—and how dedication to a story can make miracles happen.
Telling Our Family Stories: 4 Reasons Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Write Our Family Narratives
Nonfiction author Mary Beth Sammons explores the questions that cause us to learn more about our ancestries and what we learn about ourselves and each other when we do so.
Embracing the Impact of Personal Experiences on Your Writing
Danielle M. Wong believed that her story would be entirely free from her unwanted personal experiences and emotional obstacles—but learned a better approach along the way.