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Why I Decided to Switch Programs in My First Year

You can switch programs in your first year too. It’s not the end of the world. Promise. Plopping (read: slumping) into my usual seat near the back corner of the lecture hall, I braced for yet another hour of unintelligible murmur. It was ...

W Is for Writer: A 2010 Interview with Sue Grafton (1940-2017)

This interview from the February 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest is posted in fond memory of the late Sue Grafton, who passed away on December 28, 2017, at the age of 77. Five books from the end of her alphabet series, Sue Grafton says it d...

15 Motivational Tips to Help You Achieve Your Writing Resolutions in 2018

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep—and doubly so if one of your resolutions is to write a novel before the y...

21 Tools for Conducting Digital Formative Assessments – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February. Condu...

New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] The latest from bestselling The Nightingale author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this inte...

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Associated Press Reply to Me

jakeybum said: ↑ Hello, The Associated Press replied to me and said that in the following construction I should not include the percent symbol (%) after the first number: This: a 10- to 15%-a-year increase in sales Not: a 10%- to 15%-a-ye...

6 Fiction Writing Exercises to Try When You’re Traveling for the Holidays

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] image from Getty Stuck in an airport? Bored on a plane? Uninspired by the surroundings on a long car ride? Sounds like a gr...

2017 Education Research Highlights

Every year, we hope, researchers gain new insights into what works in the classroom—and what doesn’t. In 2017, a group of scientists made the case for why social and emotional learning is essential in schools. We learned that negative s...

REPORT: How do Canadian Students Match up Against The World?

Sandwiched conveniently between the drop of T-Swift’s Reputation and the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came another hotly anticipated release you may have missed. Don’t pretend you don’t know. Obviously I can only be talking abo...

Rethinking Protagonists and Antagonists: Parallel and Perpendicular Character Perspectives in Star Wars

[The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Register by 2/6 to get your best rate!] Editor’s Note: The following article on character perspective is exc...

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