Beyond the possibility of winning, there are so many benefits for writers entering contests. Jan Fields shares what contests can do for you.
Discover how connecting to learn with others can make a huge difference in your writing skills.
What can you hope to gain by entering a writing contest? IFW Instructor and contest judge Lynn Smith shares why entering a contest can improve your work.
Don’t be a stagnant writer. No matter where you are at in the journey, you still have places to go and things to learn.
Writing classes have considerable value for a writer, but there are things you can do to help the writing class do the most for you. Let’s look at four ways to make the most of writing classes.
IFW Instructor Kris Franklin illustrates how to build more tension in your story by showing and not telling.
Whatever your writing journey entails, it always includes learning. To write is to learn. And every piece of writing you do will teach you something if you let it.
A look at magazines published one, five, ten, and twenty or more years ago will reveal the same categories of nonfiction and many of the same topics. Why? Because they address universal needs and aim to help readers improve their lives.
Seasonal stories, seasonal poetry and even a bit of seasonal nonfiction can be counted upon to appear in magazines and on publishers’ book lists every year. Jan Fields shares how to make this perennial topics feel new.
Every year one event rolls around that is profoundly meaningful for children: the first day of school and these stories can offer a special opportunity for writers.
What’s going to be happening? Victoria Sherrow helps us plan for timely submissions for holidays and commemorative events. Look for new angles into the market.
Most publishers (including both book and magazines) produce some holiday pieces each year. Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of these opportunities.
Mysteries are rarely open-ended because the very nature of how mysteries work requires closure to be successful. So let’s think about what makes for a good mystery ending.
Dialogue is important in virtually every story you’ll ever write, but in mysteries that importance (and difficulty) is compounded by the use of dialogue in relation to clues.
Kelli Panique gives tips for what to include your author press kit to make it easy on you and your contacts.
Jan Fields shares her process for writing mysteries for readers of all ages.
Jan Fields reveals how to write a winning mystery for readers of all ages.
Karen Hammond offers tips and tricks for getting back in the swing of attending writing conferences.
Jan Fields explains Freedom of Speech and what it means for writers
Karen Hammond is getting us in tip-top shape for a return to in-person writing conferences.