There’s a lot to consider when planning a series, author Jamie K. Schmidt shares her tips for planning your next successful book series.
The Muse wonâ€™t always turn up, but she is much more likely to put in an appearance if you put in the effort. Here’s how to attract and hold her attention.
The support and energy of group writing can often spur writers to accomplish more than when writing on their own.
IFW Instructor Kristin Wolden Nitz shares the secrets for how to write a novel in only 15 minutes a day.
Author Jamie K. Schmidt explores opportunities for writers to get some extra cash in their bank account through passive income streams.
Author Jamie K. Schmidt encourages us to consider audio books when looking for ways for making money as a writer.
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.
IFW Instructor Kris Franklin illustrates how to build more tension in your story by showing and not telling.
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.
Whatâ€™s (Going to Be) Happening? Victoria Sherrow helps us plan ahead for timely submissions.
Kelli Panique gives tips for what to include your author press kit to make it easy on you and your contacts.
Karen Hammond offers tips and tricks for getting back in the swing of attending writing conferences.
Karen Hammond is getting us in tip-top shape for a return to in-person writing conferences.
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > Pandemic. Who hasn’t heard that word by now? Since early 2020, news about the global spread of the deadly virus known as COVID-19 has dominated the news. We’ve heard about millions of deaths and watched grieving people share…
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > When you think about all of the writing elements that need to come together to make a successful magazine story or article, it might seem as if the title is the least of your worries. After all, it’s…
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > It was early spring, and I was thinking about articles for January. As freelancers know, most publications plan issues months ahead, so we need to submit our queries and articles with that in mind. I decided to write…
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > Nonfiction ideas truly are everywhere, and writers who focus on nonfiction need never say, “There’s nothing to write about.” We can delve into biography, history, science, sports, astronomy, autobiography, memoir, geography, technology, travel, pop culture, religion, health and…
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > When people think of writing, they might picture themselves with their hands eagerly curled over the keyboard waiting for inspiration to strike. Then, once the frenzy of inspiration has passed, they hit the save button, and wonder what…
If readers believe in your human sci-fi characters, theyâ€™ll believe every other aspect of your story, no matter how weird or alien or out of this world. Readers will follow you anywhere, even to the ends of the universe.
Facebook Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > Conventional Structures for Unconventional stories What is it that you love about science fiction? The out-of-this-world settings? The nifty gadgets? The weird aliens? As unconventional as science fiction can get, it almost always follows a conventional structure. Take…