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Huge News! No Service Disruptions for Remind Users on Verizon Mobile Plans

Eleven days ago Remind announced that they would be discontinuing delivery of text messages to students and parents who were on Verizon wireless plans. That change was due to a change in the way that Verizon was classifying Remind messages ...

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January 2019 Short Story Contest

He Wants to Dance on My Grave (3,021 words) It was a nice bar, in midtown Manhattan. Brass fixtures gleamed. Beer taps swan-necked over a varnished counter, oaken. The bartender, an old-school man with slicked-back hair as white as dove fea...

Record number of UK university students awarded first-class degrees, figures show

Two in every seven graduates now gain top class degrees, report says...

Tips for Writing About Controversial Topics in Fiction

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Bryan Gruley offers his best tips for writing about controversial topics—social, political and otherwise—in your fiction. A few months ago, my friend Helene Cooper of The New Yo...

How Poetry and Journalism Intersect for Me

From time to time, I feature guest posts on this blog, and today’s post shares how poetry and journalism intersects for John B Lane. Personally, I love looking at how the various forms of writing intersect. John B Lane is an award-winning...

Begin from the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Media Res

By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in media res. Paul Buchanan explains how. IMAGE © GETTY IMAGES: BEA CRESPO My undergraduate Techniques in Fiction st...

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Reasons for disappearing

Why can’t they just move to a different country and then well, not keep in touch? Plenty of people fall out of each other’s lives this way. Depends if you need instant disappearance or if it could fade over time. I’m curre...

7 Ways Kurt Vonnegut Poisoned Readers’ Minds with Humanity

Kurt Vonnegut once said he wanted his novels to “catch people before they become generals and Senators and Presidents,” to “poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a better world.” Here are seven ways he lived up t...

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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