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Credit 101: How it Can Help You and Hurt You

Learn how to make credit your BFF instead of your enemy. [embedded content] As students, we’re often bombarded with horror stories about the dangers of debt and (cue spooky voice) “BAD CREDIT.” Well, spoiler alert: Bad credit could cr...

Profit Spikes in Short Bursts of Time: Small Projects Writers Should Pursue

Want to see an uptick in your freelance writing income? Author of Writing to Make Money: Short Projects author Loriann Oberlin has a few ideas to get you started. In what we call the gig economy, writers routinely dream of contributing edit...

Filing Your Taxes as a Student: Expectations vs. Reality

If the words “tax season” make you break out in a cold sweat, don’t worry—we get it. All the paperwork and weird codes can be a little intimidating. It also doesn’t help that there are a ton of misconceptions about filing an incom...

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own

As publishing endeavors to address inclusion and diverse representation in fiction, an inevitable question arises: Can authors write characters whose experience is outside of their own? This article appeared in the February 2019 edition of...

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel

Every writer’s job is to give the reader what she wants in a way she doesn’t expect. [Like this quote? Click here to Tweet and share it!] (And it’s wise to remember that every agent and editor is foremost a reader, too.) One of the fi...

Digital Repository Limbo: How Can MFA Students Protect Their Work?

Many MFA programs require students to submit an electronic thesis into their library’s digital repository, where it’s available online. How can these students protect their work? Like many graduate students in creative writing, Carlee...

Testing Yourself With Quizlet

Do you quiz yourself before a test? Are you looking for a new way to remember the information you’re learning? Have you tried using an online resource? We can do practically anything online these days: shop, socialize and study. Yes, we c...

Using Literary Techniques in Narrative Journalism

“There is no more fiction or nonfiction, only narrative.”—E. L. Doctorow Jon Franklin’s “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster” An inventive and enterprising writer, Jon Franklin won the inaugural Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for his arti...

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,...

20 Ways to Generate Article Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less

Are you looking for new ways to generate fresh article ideas? Here are 20 you can accomplish in fewer than 20 minutes each. The old adage is true: Time is money. But for most freelancers, coming up with timely ideas that spur editors to ass...

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