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Last Chance: The 2016 list of the 101 Best Websites for Writers issue is about to leave newsstands, so you'll want to make sure to download your copy today. It's one of the best values you get, as it points you toward resources for any writing topic you can image--agents, creative writing sites, genre writing advice and more. Plus, the issue includes:
  • 8 Simple Steps to Blogging Your Way to Success
  • Best Practices for Writers on Twitter & Facebook
  • How to be a Plotter and a Pantser
  • Tips on building your own email list of fans (and putting it to work for you)
  • The WD Interview: Rainbow Rowell
  • And more!
Also, next week we have a class starting that focuses on Character Development: Creating Memorable Characters, taught by the popular instructor Gloria Kempton. It's an 8-week course that walks through lessons week by week to ensure you learn and to keep you on track. Check it out here.

Finally, I'll be smiling a bit extra tomorrow because it's my birthday. I'm not a big birthday guy, but I do enjoy that it gives me a moment to pause and reflect on my accomplishments in the past year (which are always many but never enough). I hope you also find time throughout the year to reflect on your accomplishments. And if you want to get on my good side, drop me a note on Twitter tomorrow and tell me what you like to write (#HappyBirthdayBrian). I love hearing from all my friends in the writing community.

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Brian A. Klems
Senior Online Editor, Writer's Digest
Author, Oh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters
Twitter: @BrianKlems

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Jacquelyn Mitchard
Melissa Clark
10 Meaningful Practices for Every Writer

Here are 10 smart, yet simple ways for every writer-from novelists to journalists to poets-to enrich his or her mind and become better at cultivating ideas and putting them to the page.


2016 New Letters

Online Creative Writing Courses
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Mike Hoogland
Alison Love
7 Ways to Make Your Historical Novel Come Alive

Anyone who's ever written an historical novel will acknowledge that it involves vast amounts of research: books you use, books you don't use, hours on the internet, reams of notes. In many ways, though, doing the research is the easy part. What really makes an historical novel stand out is drawing on the knowledge you've gathered to create a world that is both vivid and believable. Here are seven tips for doing just that.

Write and Sell Superior Short Stories in 2016
Brian Klems
Jami Gigot
Creating Picture Books As an Author/Illustrator

I have always loved the relationship between story and pictures. As a child, I would spend hours poring over picture books. In my teens I discovered the amazing world of graphic novels. At university I studied and learned the techniques of film and animation. This love of story led me to an established career as a visual artist in the film industry, and ultimately to follow my dream of becoming an author/illustrator.

Julia Baker
Kathy Edens
What I Would Tell My Younger Writer Self

There's something so appealing about stepping outside of time and having a sit-down with your younger self. You'd save yourself countless years of taking one step forward and two steps back as you fumble your way through the world of writing.

Imagine where you'd be today if you'd only known then the lessons you've learned.


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Agent One-on-One: First Ten Pages Boot Camp
(May 19th 2016 - May 22nd 2016)

As many writers know, agents and editors won't give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven't got them hooked by then, it's a safe bet you won't be asked for more material. Make sure you've got the kind of opening they're looking for! In this invaluable event, you'll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You'll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part is that you'll be working directly with an agent, who will provide feedback specific to your work.

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Contributing Editor
Joseph Bates
How to Create a Successful Protagonist

The initial idea gives the impetus for the novel, which develops into basic premise for the story. But what transforms premise into story is developing the protagonist, finding the person who'll not only experience the events of the story but will interpret those events through a particular lens and be affected by the events in a meaningful way. Considering other novels and how they've crafted their own protagonists, we can start defining what makes a protagonist effective, which you can apply to your own novel as you discover the character at its heart. In general, let's consider the following aspects of a successful protagonist:

Contributing Editor
Complete this prompt!
Your Weekly Writing Prompt

Telling Your Life Story: On the long flight to a foreign country, you wind up telling your seatmate much of your life story. Only it isn't yours. You've always wanted to pretend to be somebody else, just for an hour or two, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Only now you find yourself falling for your seatmate, and you don't know what to tell him/her. Write your conversation.

Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments here.
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Upcoming Writing Conferences

There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2016. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write "Requested Material" on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.

Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers' conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre-such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find both kinds in this list below.

"Books in Progress" Conference,
June 2-4, 2016, Lexington, KY
Attending agents: Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown); and Sharon Pelletier (Dystel & Goderich Literary).

Writing Conference of Cleveland, June 4, 2016, Cleveland, OH
Attending agents: Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); Moe Ferrera (BookEnds); Mallory Brown (TriadaUS); Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); and Fred Tribuzzo (The Rudy Agency).

All Write Now! Conference, July 16, 2016,
Cape Girardeau, MO
Attending agents: Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); John Rudolph (Dystel and Goderich Literary Management).

Tennessee Writers Conference,
July 23, 2016, Nashville, TN
Attending agents: Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary); Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary); Eric Smith (PS Literary); Julie Gwinn (Seymour Agency); Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary); and more to be announced.

Colorado Writing Workshop, July 30, 2016,
Denver, CO
Attending agents: Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates Literary); Alex Barba (Inklings Literary); Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron Literary); Angie Hodapp (Nelson Literary); Greg Johnson (Wordserve Literary); Becky DeJeune (Bond Literary); and more to come.

NYC Writer's Digest Conference,
August 12-14, 2016, New York, NY
Attending agents: Our pitch slam is the centerpiece of the day, and will always have at least 50 attending literary agents taking writer pitches. Check the website for our growing list of confirmed agents.

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