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Fighting Under His Eye: One High School Teacher’s Tale of Defending Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

High school teacher Megan Volpert shares her letter to parents and teachers about the dangers of censorship and why we must never relent in defending a world based on intellectual freedom—and specifically defending Margaret Atwood’s The...

For the Love of Libraries: Four Authors on What Makes Libraries Wonderful

WD asked four authors about what libraries mean to them. Here’s what the greats have to say about what makes libraries so great. In the spring of 2018, I had the great good fortune to go to Cincinnati’s beautiful Mercantile Library and ...

The WD Interview: Amor Towles | Exclusive

In this exclusive cut of the Writer’s Digest Interview with novelist Amor Towles, he talks about his book club, promoting novels for an extended period of time while trying to write the next thing, and his upcoming works-in-progress. Read...

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People in an English chat room don’t like this sentence of mine.

It’s correct to me Lumino but is wordy. But remember the lesson the shorter it is the better it will read. This isn’t 100% true all the time, but is very close. Remember fiction prose usually doesn’t seem poetic (if it is ...

Taking Notes: Paper vs. Laptops vs. Apps

Show of hands, how many of you use laptops to take notes in class? Do you need to take notes on your laptop or can you use a pen and paper? Maybe you use a voice-recording app that’s been pre-approved by your teacher/professor or you shar...

Letting Go Of Your High School Grades

All through middle school and high school, I was at the top of my class. Growing up in my small town, people knew me as the kid with good grades. Acing every test was important to me academically — I’ve always liked to feel like I’m d...

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Year Of University

When I was getting ready for my first year of university, I was extremely excited but also very unsure of what to expect. I didn’t have any older friends who could show me the way or give me tips, advice, or precautions to take as I enter...

Vintage WD Interviews: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood expounds on finding your voice, the beauty of multitasking, and what “chick lit” may have in common with Dracula and Frankenstein in this WD Interview with former editor-in-chief Kristin D. Godsey from the April 2004 iss...

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Using real Life and Psychology as a source of inspiration for stories. My opinion.

I’m starting to think psychology plays an important part in helping inspire people write fiction. I know it’s just a guess. But when writing stories, based on real people. It made me think how my own life can be thought up as go...

How I Interviewed a Serial Killer and Stayed Sane

In order to do the research for a section of her book Our Symphony With Animals (Pegasus Books, May 2019), Dr. Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, had to talk to a serial killer. Here, she reveals the planning that went into her interviews and how she s...

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