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Brand Basics: 6 Debut Authors Discuss Their Author Platforms and Connecting with Readers

Every issue of Writer’s Digest, we chat with debut authors about their upcoming releases, how they broke in and what they learned in the process. One question we always ask them—and rarely have room to include in the magazine—is about...

Jeff Guinn: Conducting Field Research for More Authentic Nonfiction & Historic Fiction

Western Writers of America recently announced that author Jeff Guinn will be recognized in this year’s Spur Awards for his novel Silver City, which earned best traditional Western novel. We profiled Guinn in the July/August 2017 issue ...

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March 2018 Short Story Contest

It’s all different today. Sideways. Like two space ships from different sides of the galaxy meeting each other out in space. Except one of the ships is sideways’n crap, while the other’s upside down. You know? Anyway, I ch...

Why I Write Poetry: Candace Kubinec

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Candace Kubinec, w...

Here’s What Actually Happens When You Get Caught Cheating

Ever wondered what actually happens if you get caught cheating on a test? Do you skip over the academic integrity section in the syllabus? Zone out when the professor goes over it on the first day of a new course? Of course you do. You’re...

Do You Really Need Life Rights?

Doug Richardson, writer of Die Hard 2, Bad Boys and Hostage, shares advice on whether you need to get the life rights before you start that screenplay. As advice goes, mine is pretty much like most everybody else who’s had a lucrative car...

Under Construction: Rethinking the Process of Building an Author Platform

Many writers wait until they’ve completed a novel—or a screenplay or a short story or any other significant piece of work—before attempting to build an author platform. Here’s why you should make expanding your audience a daily prac...

Why I Write Poetry: Daniel Ari

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Daniel Ari, who wr...

International PhD Students to Receive Free Tuition in Ontario

Brock University has announced that it plans to pay FULL tuition for international students who are studying for a PhD. The university in St. Catharine’s had already lowered costs by paying everything but the last $3,500 of tuition for i...

Mean Ladies: One Writer’s Search for Fun & Friendship at New York’s Oldest Library

Original location of the New York Society Library, photo from 1893 One Writer’s Search for Fun and Friendship at New York’s Oldest Library by Leslie Cohen I came upon the New York Society Library innocently. I was looking for a place to...

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