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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:

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed discusses how his personal experiences acted as the impetus for his new book, Radiant Fugitives, and how it went from novella to novel.

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.

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WD Presents: Seven New Courses, Writing Prompts, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses, our Editorial Calendar, and more!

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.

From Script

Approaching Comedy from a Personal Perspective and Tapping into Your Unique Writer’s Voice (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long ('The Simpsons') and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film 'The Exchange', and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film 'Ride the Eagle' co-written with actor Jake Johnson ('New Girl'). Plus, tips on how to tap into your unique voice and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your 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 not accepting feedback on your writing.