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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

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What Is Investigative Journalism?

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six new WDU courses, a romance writing virtual conference, and more!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.