WAUKESHA, WI — A century and a quarter after publishing its first issue, The Writer continues to inspire readers to imagine, write and publish. Started in 1887, the magazine instructs, informs and motivates its readers with comprehensive how-to advice on the craft of writing — as well as news, interviews, book reviews and up-to-the-minute market information.
"In the April 1887 inaugural issue, the editors pledged to keep the magazine ‘helpful, interesting and instructive to all literary workers.’ A century and a quarter later, we continue to bring our readers expert advice on writing and getting published," said The Writer’s editor, Jeff Reich.
Started in Boston and now published in the Milwaukee area, this monthly magazine of literary instruction is one of the oldest continuously published consumer magazines in the U.S. Other publications in the "oldies" league include Scientific American (established 1845), Town & Country (1846), Harper's (1850), The Atlantic (1857), The Nation (1865) and Good Housekeeping (1885).
This magazine, full of information and inspiration for writers, was independently owned until 2000, when Kalmbach Publishing Co., of Waukesha, Wis., purchased it. The company publishes 17 magazines and numerous books.
The Writer's 125th anniversary is a tribute to its readers' passion for their craft, committed editors, quality editorial content, and an impressive array of accomplished — often famous — writers sharing their expertise with the magazine's national audience.
Some of the many writers who have appeared in the pages of The Writer include Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Pete Hamill, Stephen King, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, May Sarton and John Updike.
The magazine's quality has been recognized nine times since 2002 with top awards for Editorial Excellence in Folio: magazine's annual national competition.
For information about The Writer and its 125-year history, please contact Jeanne Wieland: