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Want to hear what others are saying about WD events? Check out these testimonials from attendees of our Writer’s Digest
Editor Intensive Events.

"Just wanted to say thank you again for the insights you shared at the WD Intensive last weekend. You did a great job of balancing business and creative topics. I'm still digesting most of the information. I did go home and start a Wordpress blog (www.jaimebitzenhofer.com if you want to check it out)."
—Jaime Bitzenhofer, Cincinnati, OH"Thank you so much for a great workshop this weekend. For me, so much of learning how to write fiction has been a process of doing it wrong (at least once) and heading down side roads that go nowhere and take hours, days, weeks . . . I feel like you've given me a map, which will definitely make the journey easier." —Sally Bayless

"This weekend was great and had the perfect information that I needed as an amateur writer to understand the options to get my manuscript to the right readers. I have always written as a hobby but it is a secret of mine. The idea of finding an agent and/or publisher seemed daunting and arbitrary. After this weekend, I am prepared to cut through the red tape to find an agent and additionally online/self-publishing appeals as an ideal place to dabble, test, and have fun—and completely risk-free. 

I have chatted with more friends about my interest and found some kindred spirits. All in all—I got a hell of a lot out of my trip to Cincy.

I wasn't disappointed on any anticipated outcomes AND I got a lot more on some areas that I kind of wrote off unknowingly. You were very impressive. Your ability to hear the question behind the question showed that you understood what we thought/wanted and you gave diplomatic and useful answers, the kind that provoked positive and progressive action."
—Lisa Arnopp, Fayetteville, AR"I want to send a thank-you note to Zac for his help at the one-on-one. I will never be able to really express the jolt of confidence he gave me. I was about to abandon ship altogether. Thanks again for everything. I am pressing on, have a completed first revised draft, re-reading again, and have my book club lined up to be beta testers—and this is all because of your workshop."
—Genie Ford

Other attendees have included:

Jeff Adams | Writer's Digest Indie Author Spotlight

Jeff Adams: Publishing Advice for Indie Authors

In this Indie Author Profile, romance novelist Jeff Adams shares his path to independent publishing and his advice for others considering that path.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Writer's Digest July/Aug 2022

The WD Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing in this interview from the July/August 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

Thinking of starting your own newsletter? Let freelance writer Sian Meades-Williams lay out 9 pros and cons of writing a newsletter.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.