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How to Select the Best Topic for Historical Nonfiction—and How to Pitch It

By Cory Taylor We all know what Adolf Hitler did once he achieved power. We are less familiar with how he got there. My debut work of narrative nonfiction, How Hitler Was Made, explains Hitler’s rise from obscurity and how he used fake ne...

The WD Interview: Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson on Confronting Controversial Subjects & Writing Across Age Categories

In this exclusive extended interview with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, the Newbery Honored author talks character building, diversity movements, and the real-world importance of books for kids and...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

21 Tools for Conducting Digital Formative Assessments – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February. Condu...

Keeping Calm During Exams

January 13, 2019, by Anjni Keeping Calm During Exams With the wonderfully festive Christmas season having come and gone all too soon, exam season is all but upon us. Students everywhere are knee-deep in revision as they prepare to sit their...

Begin from the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Media Res

By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in media res. Paul Buchanan explains how. IMAGE © GETTY IMAGES: BEA CRESPO My undergraduate Techniques in Fiction st...

New Year, New Me?

How many times have you made a resolution in the new year only to let it fizzle out and die within a month or two? Don’t fret! It happens to the best of us. New Year’s resolutions are often easy to make but can be hard to follow through...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism

Magic realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques. Ever since I started writing as a kid, unusual things have happened in my well-grounded ...

2018 Year in Review: Inside the Publishing Industry

Explore Jane Friedman’s 2018 Year in Review—her take on the latest trends and shakeups in the book and magazine realm, and what those mean for writers in the coming year. Photo by Steven VanDesande Jr on Unsplash For better or worse,...

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