June 25 marks the 111th birthday of novelist George Orwell, best known for his dystopian masterpiece 1984. Dystopian books such as Orwell’s explore social and political structures within an often dehumanized, doomed society. We asked three fiction writers for the key elements of a good dystopian story.
Song lyrics combine the poetry form with a story narrative and the confessional elements of a personal essay. These award-winning lyricists share the principles of good songwriting, which have application across all genres.
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. To celebrate his 450th birthday this month, we asked seven scholars and novelists what writers can learn from reading the Bard.
During the endless weeks of March, writers face roadblocks in their work, whether it’s a problem story, a silent muse or a creative slump. These novelists, nonfiction writers and poets share how they power through the rough patches in chilly times.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s time for some good old-fashioned love advice. Six romance novelists spill their quick and dirty secrets.
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, what will be your writing resolution? Four writers share their top suggestions.
’Tis the season for gift giving.
We asked six contemporary children’s writers what influences their work.
In honor of National Dictionary Day, we asked five creative writing professors for their must-have writing resources.
Four writers share advice from their influential writing teachers.