This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

There’s always so much happening in the Writer’s Digest universe that even staff members have trouble keeping up. As a result, we decided to start collecting what’s on the horizon to make it easier for everyone to know what’s happening and when.

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

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Six Online Writing Courses Start This Week!

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

If you want to learn how to write a story, but aren’t quite ready yet to hunker down and write 10,000 words or so a week, this is the course for you. Build Your Novel Scene by Scene will offer you the impetus, the guidance, the support, and the deadline you need to finally stop talking, start writing, and, ultimately, complete that novel you always said you wanted to write.

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Revision and Self Editing

When you take this online writing workshop, you will learn methods of self-editing for fiction writers to ensure your writing is free of grammatical errors. You’ll also dig deeper into how to edit a book with Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. Use his self-editing checklist to keep you on track and take the time to perfect your work. After all, you only have one chance to make a first impression on an agent or publisher.

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Social Media 101

Get an overview of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and GoodReads. You’ll learn how to create a profile on social networks, decide which platforms are right for you, and build a sense of community with others online.

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Writing Historical Fiction

You’ll discover the appropriate level of historical data to include as a function of a particular writing goal, learn the definition of historical markers and how and where to unearth them, and uncover the tools to integrate history, research, and the fiction plot arc. Most of all, find out how to honor verisimilitude—the goal of any historical writing—and avoid the dreaded anachronism.

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Writing the Mystery Novel

Do you love reading a good mystery? Have you always wanted to write one? During the Essentials of Mystery Writing workshop, you’ll have the choice of creating a brand new mystery story from scratch or working with a story you already have in progress.

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Writing the Young Adult Novel

When you take this workshop, you’ll get step-by-step instruction on writing for young adults and learn how to sell your novel. You’ll learn everything you need to know for writing young adult fiction, including what readers look for, the importance of plot, theme, and setting, how to craft entertaining dialogue, and much more. Plus, gain insight into the submission process and what it takes to succeed in publishing.

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Sign Up for This NaNoWriMo Webinar!

Unleash Your Creative Superpowers with National Novel Writing Month

Your story matters. NaNoWriMo is all about getting that story on the page. If something has been holding you back from writing your novel—whether it be lack of time, lack of motivation, or just plain fear—then bestselling NaNoWriMo writer Rachael Herron and NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner will tell how National Novel Writing Month helped get their creative juices flowing so that they could write the novel of their dreams.

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The Personal Essay Awards Competition Deadline is Coming Up!

We’re looking for personal essays! Think you can write a winning essay in 2,000 words or less? Enter the Writer’s Digest Personal Essay Awards for your chance to win $2,500 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

Deadline to enter is October 1. Click here to enter today.

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