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Stress Management Tips for Students: How to Combat This Hidden Enemy

The stresses of being a student are no joke. If you’re feeling the heat, consider one of these stress management tips. The start of an academic year is a time buzzing with nervous excitement and chaos. But as the school year progresses, a...

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Re-Appreciating Kurt Vonnegut

I’ve been re-reading Kurt Vonnegut’s novels and essays, and am once again awed by his style. He wrote some excellent books, and some not-so-excellent ones, but what stands out is the fact that nobody else, AFAIK, could have writ...

Queen’s Letter: My Country is on Fire

Writers Forum President and Queen Laura Hernandez submitted a short piece on supporting the protests in the middle of COVID-19 on the day the one demonstration was to assemble in the Kohl’s parking lot. Before I could get it posted, t...

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Forum Book Club

Hey everyone, I remember some years ago there was a a forum book club that had a number of members involved in deep discussions on the quality of these more famous authors and their stories. I would like to reopen this book club, and expand...

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What defines good literature?

There are a number of issues here that underlay the definition of “good literature.” The first, which was the most damaging early on, in my opinion, was who was qualified to define the status. Matthew Arnold created the idea for...

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Do you want to be a profound writer?

I want to be a profound writer. I really do. I want to say something important that means something. I want it to be my calling to make great contributions to the literary world. This isn’t about being famous. It’s about writing...

Mastering High Concept Ideas

If you want to grab the attention of agents and even Hollywood, finding high concept ideas for your books is the way to do it. Jess Zafarris shares the basics and how to hone your pitch in this article from our September 2019 issue. There...

Vintage WD: The American Labor Novel

This #WritersDigest100 piece from our January 1937 archives by Louis Zara explores the potential for writers to pen The American Labor Novel and has surprising relevance for today. One of my favorite things about going through the 100 years...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

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