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The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 3: Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Essays — Interview with Windy Lynn Harris

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—whether you write personal essays in the voice of your cat or epic how-to articles about how to get bubble gum out of your kid’s hair—the Writer’s...

Comedy Writers and Satirists of the #MeToo Movement

In this second installment in a series about the impact of the #MeToo movement on how and what women write, Leigh Anne Jasheway focuses on women who write and publish comedy and satire. Read the first installment here. There’s a rule in c...

Encouraging Young Writers: Why You Should Set Aside Time to Read and Write With Kids

by Austin Moore Children change everything. Social habits, sleep habits, eating habits, and even writing habits are subject to complete upheaval when offspring enter the picture. The biggest change Tucker, my firstborn, made to this part of...

Announcing Walter Mosley, Central Keynote at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

Writer’s Digest is proud to formally announce the legendary Walter Mosley as this year’s Writer’s Digest Annual Conference central keynote. Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is one of the most powerful and prolific...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

It’s Time to Read!

It’s time for our semi-annual Writers Forum Read Around. Both members and the general public are invited to the Writers Forum to read a selection from their writings. To remind everybody… Readings are limited to five minutes. Th...

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How to get over the thought that your idea is immature

I’ve been running into this roadblock frequently, and it’s really killing my self confidence. Throughout college, I would say I was a very practical writer. I enjoyed writing technical papers or content specific essays, th...

Sitting Up With Tom Wolfe — A 1974 Interview

This extensive interview with author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who passed away on May 14, 2018, appeared in Writer’s Digest in 1974, shortly before the publication of Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff. Interview by Joe David Bellam...

Why I Write Poetry: Sari Grandstaff

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Sari Grandstaff, w...

Great Expectations: How Re-Evaluating Your Writing Goals Can Help You Achieve Success

Here, William Kenower relates the story of a unique writer who began her journey with no expectations. The experience demonstrated how rethinking your writing goals and asking yourself what you really want to write can help you achieve succ...

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