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WriteReader Templates Can Help Students Start the Writing Process

WriteReader is a great tool for creating multimedia stories that I’ve featured a half dozen times or more over the years. The last time I wrote about it they had just added some new page styles. Last… Read the whole entry at Fre...

Book Review: First Cut, by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

The March 14 Writers Forum program will be a presentation by Bay Area authors Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell. Their presentation will be ‘Working Stiffs: Getting Your Murder Scene Right.’ To get a good look at the talent they in...

Why (& How) Books Sometimes Get New Covers

Novelist and Editor-at-Large, Jessica Strawser, shares some of the many reasons why book covers might see redesign over the course of their lifespans. You get only one chance, the saying goes, to make a first impression. But if your book la...

Becoming a Multigenre Writing Master

A children’s book writer, novelist, short story author, and screenwriter walk into a bar. It’s not a joke, it’s one writer’s day. This essay from our September 2019 issue shows how Simon Van Booy manages his workflow for multigenre ...

Wait! 5 Novel Editing Questions to Ask Before Your Book Is Actually Done!

In this post, Kris Spisak shares 5 novel editing questions to ask before any next steps in the publishing process, including “does your story have a strong narrative drive,” “is your protagonist too passive,” and more. Storytelling ...

Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice

In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own. HOW BURNT IS YOUR SIENNA?  My name is Adam Brandner. I am a teache...

The Veterans Writing Project

Founded by a veteran for veterans, a nonprofit (Veterans Writing Project) teaches writing as a way of making sense of the stories soldiers have to tell and coping with the trauma of war. This article originally appeared in the January/Febru...

Building Your Freelance Writing Career: Just Say Yes

In this article from our November/December 2016 issue, Jeff Somers shares the best way to advance your freelance writing career: Just Say Yes. His advice still stands. A few years ago when I told my wife I wanted to leave my Day Job—and i...

Lost in Iceland: Searching for a Better Writing Process

Nick Petrie, author of The Drifter, part of his Peter Ash series, shares his struggle with coming to terms with the writing process that works for him. I was in Keflavik airport, outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, waiting for a plane home aft...

5 Weekend Writing Prompts

If you need help getting started with your writing this weekend, here are 5 weekend writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing again. I recently finished several major projects that were taking up time on my evenings and weekends s...

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