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Do You Need a Creative Writing Degree to Become a Writer?

Without beating around the bush, let’s get to the age old question that has been often asked and answered to death – do you need an English or creative writing degree to become a writer? Almost every published writer would be quick to say no. Your parents will probably be happy to hear that too, and you can focus your roughly four years of college on something more “marketable.” After all, in this economy, who […]

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Guest Post: Launching a Writing Career Online

Okay fellow writers, time to go out and build a fanbase from the ground up in order to catch people’s attention and get published! Except, you don’t have anything published yet, so how exactly are you supposed to build a fanbase? Hmmm…. I know what you’re thinking, writing is hard enough without the pressure to build a platform. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that these days, not only are we required to improve our craft […]

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Interview with Literary Agent Barbara Poelle

Hello PubCrawlers! I am so excited to have as my guest today veteran literary agent (and Irene Goodman Literary Agency vice president) Barbara Poelle. Barbara is the author of FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY, which comes out today from Writer’s Digest Books! FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is based on Barbara’s popular Writer’s Digest advice column of the same name, and features responses to more than 100 questions by aspiring and emerging writers (including […]

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5 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WRITING FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE

I’ve been a middle school teacher longer than I’ve been an author. While 2019 marks my debut year, it also marks my twentieth year teaching middle school literacy. Juggling these two careers is challenging, but I also benefit from the overlap between both roles. What I’ve learned being an author helps me teach writing better. And what I’ve learned as a teacher has made me a better writer. Some of the principles I use to […]

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Five Tips for Self-Care When You Are Writing Difficult Topics

It can be difficult to write about some things, and some of us are drawn to writing about difficult things, but that doesn’t mean we need to suffer for our art. Here are five things to remember when you decide to write something that, one way or another, evokes intense emotions. Come up for air (or Netflix), but remember to go back in. I write dark shit. An entire collection about loss and grief, and […]

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