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Jeff Somers and the Rough Beast, Episode 2: Plantsing!

This video series follows author Jeff Somers (Writing Without Rules) as he begins and works on a new science fiction novel, tentatively titled Rough Beast. Demonstrating the tips that appear in his upcoming WD book, Jeff checks in at regula...

Writing Exercise: 3 Reasons to Write Imitations of Your Favorite Authors

Many artists have encountered the advice to “imitate the masters.” Aspiring composers generally study, practice and perform pieces by others before attempting to write their own concertos, for example, and visual artists often attempt t...

The Cat In That Hat Knows A Lot About That – Educational Activities Inspired By Dr. Seuss

Today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. If he was alive he’d be turning 114. Here’s a set of fun, online activities that you could use to celebrate the work of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That is produc...

5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Books – Comparison Chart

Developing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a to get kids excited about writing. Incorporating pictures, videos, and audio can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories ...

The Ten Individual Author Blogs That I Read First

Earlier this week someone taking my From Blog to Job on-demand course asked me if I still use Feedly to subscribe to blogs and which blogs I read first. Yes, I still use Feedly to subscribe to blogs because I find it to be the easiest way t...

5 Audio Recording & Editing Tools – Feature Comparison Chart

A few years ago I put together a series of charts that provided quick overviews of the features of popular ed tech tools. Since then some favorite tools have changed features, changed business models, or went out of business. So I’ve ...

Why Independent Bookstores Matter Now More Than Ever

by Julie Rosenberg This past year and a half has been one of turmoil, noise and political chaos, rising to a level that most of us have never experienced. In our world of uncertainty and change, self-care is perhaps more important than eve...

Remembering Kirk Polking: Author, Writer’s Digest Editor, and Pioneer for Women in Writing

For Women’s History Month, Writer’s Digest remembers legendary editor Dorothy “Kirk” Polking (1925-2017), whose mark on the writing world and legacy for women writers live on today.  Image from The Cincinnati Post, August 12, 1974...

7 Options for Creating Timelines Online – An Updated Comparison Chart

Making timelines is a go-to activity for many social studies teachers. When I made timelines as a student and in my first year or two of teaching, timelines were made on paper. Today, there are better ways to have students create timelines....

Flowers of North America

Project Noah is a globally collaborative project to which anyone can contribute. On Project Noah you can share pictures and stories of the plants and the animals that you observe in your neighborhood. Project Noah has a section titled&...

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