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Poorer students put at disadvantage by university application process, charity warns

Study says the current system relies too heavily on predicted grades and personal statements...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

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Basement Apartment

Poetry Sit down or take a stand in this poetry section. 07-29-2018, 10:39 AM The Next Bard Official Member   Join Date: Oct 2013 Posts: 487 Thanks: 48 Thanks 116 Basement Apartment She’s throwing my things into the suitcaseI borrowed for...

No Credit Score? No Mortgage for You

This is what happens when you want to get a place to live but don’t have the credit score to do it. Rejection Hurts Meet Robin Bourbeau, a nuclear operator-in-training at Ontario Power Generation. He’s 23 years old, has no debt, makes $...

Two Authors Discuss How Their Debut Novels Were Picked Up by Hollywood

By Jennifer Klepper Film adaptations aren’t typically in the plotline of a debut year, but two new thriller/suspense authors—Kathleen Barber (Are You Sleeping, 2017) and Rea Frey (Not Her Daughter, 2018)—have capped their debut dreams...

Meet the Agent: Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency

Originally from Poland, literary agent Joanna MacKenzie loves novels that deal with the themes of identity and the immigrant experience, as well as those that probe relationships—like those with parents, siblings, best friends, and first ...

Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

The Introvert’s Guide to Writing Conferences

Did you sign up to—gulp—interact with other people at a writer’s conference? Never fear, friends, we’ve been there, and we’ve got you covered. Kerrie Flanagan offers her best tips every introvert can use to ensure a fun and produc...

21 Ways to Pivot Your Plot

Writers of short stories are often advised to include a twist. But a surprise ending that comes out of nowhere? That’s a surefire way to leave your readers scratching their heads. Twist your stories the right way to up your chances of win...

Bank Accounts 101: Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck

You’re about to get the lowdown on everything dollars and cents. [embedded content] Bling, bling, money IS a thing. A thing we need, a thing we have, and a thing we want more of. But most of us don’t know what the heck to do with it. An...

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