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“Go Your Own Way”: James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton

After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below. Chris Sorensen For The Washington Post via Getty...

The Challenges of Getting Your Book Published

Self-publishing or traditional publishing? Author Robert McCaw has gotten his books published both ways and shares the pros and cons of each route. I’ve written several novels—mystery/thrillers set on the Big Island of Hawaii—featurin...

Forget a Dream Job, Let’s Talk Dream Company Culture

In university, I majored in Professional Writing. The classes in my major were small, with only about 25-35 students per class. There was lots of group work, so we got to know everyone pretty well. My classmates and professors knew me as a ...

My Party PBL – Technology and Project Based Learning

This week I am welcoming some guest bloggers. This one is from Debbie Carona. The PBL, My Party Election, originally written by Mike Kaechele, became a part of the U.S. History curriculum for 8th graders at St. John’s Episcopal School Dal...

Two New Ways for Kids to Create Stories on WriteReader

WriteReader is one of my favorite tools for elementary school students to use to create multimedia stories. The outstanding feature of the service is the option for teachers to write corrections directly beneath a students’ original w...

The Lowdown on Libel: Understanding What Libel Means for Writers

When contemplating whether to pen something potentially controversial, your best defense is knowing when your work is protected and when it crosses the line. While libel laws vary from state to state, there are general principles you can re...

Interview: The Oscar-Nominated Writers Behind The Disaster Artist (Part Two)

Screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter describe their creative process and the decisions that went into writing their Oscar-nominated comedy, The Disaster Artist. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, THE DISASTER ARTI...

Where Do Characters Come From?

By Mitch Silver When people find out I write novels—thrillers—for a living, they often ask, “Where do you get your story ideas from?” No surprise, that’s the question a lot of writers get. The second-most-asked question is, “Whe...

Balls of Steel: What’s Holding You Back from Becoming a Professional Writer?

The path to being a professional writer can be harder when you become your biggest obstacle. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman dishes out tough-love advice to help you achieve your writing dreams. I had a conversation recently with someone frustrat...

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

[Register for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference today!] Thanks to the way we consume news today—largely through social media—weeding out what info is real and what’s fake is more difficult than ever. While social media has creat...


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