Writer's Digest November/December 2009 (PDF)

Writer's Digest November/December 2009 (PDF)

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SPOTLIGHT: Write Short to Break Out!

[FEATURES]

12 Literary Journals Your Future Agent Is Reading
COMPILED BY ZACHARY PETIT
Your exclusive guide to markets that can buildyour bio and get you noticed.

Diversify Your Writing Portfolio
BY MATT VILLANO
In bad economic times (and in good), your best shot at a fulfilling writing career is to branch out.

Content Aggregators or Aggravators?
BY MICHELLE V. RAFTER
Should you pursue these open markets for your work, or leave them to citizen journalists?

5 Reasons Writing Small Can Help You Make It Big
BY TOM HALLMAN JR.
The market that could launch your writing career may just be hiding in plain sight-on your doorstep.

10 Personal Essays to Try
BY DINTY W. MOORE
From memoir to contemplative to travel to food, personal essays can help you develop your voice-and expand your publishing creds.

Anthologies Cover to Cover
BY VICTORIA ZACKHEIM
Editing or contributing to an anthology can both connect you with other writers and attract an agent or publisher. Here's how to conceive, propose, compile and submit to these popular collections.

THE WD INTERVIEW: AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

BY JESSICA STRAWSER
How do you follow up a smash hit like The Time Traveler's Wife? For artist and author Audrey Niffenegger, it all comes down to embracing the freedom to create-on your own terms.

Getting Back to Nature
BY SCOTT FRANCIS
78th Annual WD Writing Competition grand-prize winner John Moir's love for the environment turned into a smart move for his writing career. PLUS: The top 10 winners from every category.

[WRITER'S WORKBOOK]
DESCRIPTION & SETTING

Master the Art of Balancing Description and Summary
BY RON ROZELLE

Create a Setting That Complements Your Story
BY LISA LENARD-COOK

Refine Your Setting Skill Set
BY BRIAN KITELEY

[COLUMNS/DEPARTMENTS]

InkWell
EDITED BY ZACHARY PETIT
  • Regret the Error?
  • Superlatives
  • Bob, The Column
  • Poetic Asides
  • Great Gifts for Writers
  • Keys to Their Crafts

Ask the Pro: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Agent
BY KARA GEBHART UHL

First Impressions: Light Bulb Moments
BY JORDAN E. ROSENFELD

MFA Insider: Is Happiness Possible in a Creative Writing Program?
BY RANDALL ALBERS
Forget the notion of the starving artist. A workshop could offer lessons you'll carry for the rest of your life-in your writing and beyond.

Questions & Quandaries
BY BRIAN A. KLEMS
Writing a sequel to someone else's book; whether or not men can write romance.

Your Story: Ice Cream for Breakfast
BY TINA RIVERA

Nonfiction: Break in to Major Magazines
BY SUSAN SHAPIRO

The Conference Scene: Solve the Mystery of Getting Published
BY LINDA FORMICHELLI

Celebrating 90 Years of WD: Curiosities


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EDITOR'S LETTER
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