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Creative Nonfiction Writing
Nonfiction covers everything from history and cooking to self help and travel. Here you’ll find learn how to master nonfiction writing, how to conduct good research, collect data, and convey a sense of authority in your work – no matter what you choose to write.
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My first travel-writing assignment was to cover the grand reopening of an oceanfront golf resort in Naples, Fla., where I spent a long weekend with a group of writers from around the … Read more
When the bones arrive at the table they are perfect: fat and squat. They look more like ivory; they have a pristine quality highlighted by the pesto that’s drizzled over them. “Are … Read more
Overwhelming emotions surfaced when I was forced to witness the murders of fellow soldiers, along with those of civilian men, women and children, who were trapped in war’s unforgiving web of violence. … Read more
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We freelance writers tend to think of editors as the ones having all the pet peeves, but we also have plenty of things that drive us crazy. We’ve all dealt with editors … Read more
Download a 26-day countdown poster with energy boosting ideas to fuel your marathon and track your accomplishments from Day 1 to Day 26. Write-A-Thon Poster 8.5×11 Write-A-Thon Poster 11×17 … Read more
Q&A with Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: email@example.com How many books have you written … Read more
Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: firstname.lastname@example.org Avoid Overwhelm From Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander Being a poet is one of … Read more
Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Life to Tell About it) by Rochelle Melander Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-391-6 ISBN-10: 1-59963-391-4 $16.99 paperback, 240 pages Buy the book! … Read more
Not so long ago, when you were ready to share your writing, your only option was to collect a few creative people with printouts of their manuscripts and bring them together in … Read more
As a food and travel writer, I rely on my blog as my lifeline. It helps me connect with my readers and is a wonderful platform to make my voice heard. But … Read more
The source and exact nature of the curious phenomena we refer to as characters remains something of a mystery, but the craft of characterization is not. Although it’s clearly a cause for … Read more
When I received a manuscript called Candy Girl by a former stripper named Diablo Cody, I wasn’t too interested based on the subject matter alone. Stripping had been covered before (no pun … Read more
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What piece of advice has had the biggest impact on your success? An editor named John Dodds used to tell writers: “If anything can stop you from becoming a writer, let … Read more
Selling the Sizzle: Your Opening and Hook Your overview is the sizzle in your proposal. If it doesn’t sell you and your book, agents and editors won’t check the bones (the outline … Read more
How to Write a Book Proposal, 4th Edition by Michael Larsen Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-702-7 ISBN-10: 1-58297-702-X $19.99 paperback, 336 pages Buy the Book! Read an Excerpt! Learn how … Read more
“See that guy?” I said to my husband, Ron. “That’s James Frey.” My parents were in Los Angeles, visiting. Heading to the hotel pool to meet them, I had with me a … Read more
When I began work on my memoir, Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter and an Adolescence Survived, about my daughter’s action-packed coming of age, I didn’t know a … Read more