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5 Things Author Websites Need to Find More Success

When it comes to finding success as a writer, there are few elements more important than a website. This post shares the five things author websites need to find more success. Sure, authors can get more advanced, but checking every box on t...

Two Image-based Search Challenges to Use With Your Students

One of my favorite ways to reinforce the use of good search strategies to students is to show interesting pictures and have students try to make a long list of questions about what they see. Then I let the students try to find the answers t...

Your Story #97: Submit now!

Image from Getty  Prompt: Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt above. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to ...

Breaking In: Debut Author Jacob Tobia on the Memoir Process and More

In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Jacob Tobia (jacobtobia.com), author of the memoir Sissy—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. In this unabridge...

How to Write Funny Dialogue: 5 Tips for Making Readers Laugh Out Loud

Playwright and author Stephen Evans explains how to write funny dialogue with these five key tips informed by neurology, rhythm and theater. I remember the first time I heard an audience laugh at one of my plays. It was thrilling. And fasci...

Search Strategies, PDFs, and the Super Bowl

Good morning from Maine where I’m not doing anything particularly exciting other than brewing up a batch of chili to have during the Super Bowl tomorrow night. Between stirs of the chili I’m working on materials for a bunch of w...

Ten Search Strategies Students Should Try

Students often think that because they can type a phrase into Google or saying something aloud to Siri they know how to search. Of course, any teacher who has heard a student say “Google has nothing on this” or “there̵...

19 Diversity-Focused Writing Conferences & Events in 2019

A former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor) runs her own editorial services company. She also founded and co-chairs the Editorial Freelancers Association’s ...

A Writer’s Job Is to Persevere: Not Stopping at 96

Eugenia Lovett West, who’s still actively writing and publishing at age 96, takes perseverance to the next level. What is it like to be writing and publishing at age 96? This is my story, and I hope it will give encouragement to writers o...

Tautogram: Poetic Forms

Let’s keep these Poetic Form Fridays rolling with the tautogram! Tautogram Poems The tautogram is best explained by its Greek root words of “tauto” meaning “the same” and “gramma” meaning “letter.” Basically, all words in ...

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