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Attract teen readers with an edgy plot
What young-adult readers want these days, our writer says, is not patronizing or preaching, but compelling stories that honestly reflect their lives.
Connecting with kids
After 22 books and a smash success with Holes, Louis Sachar still chips away at his stories like a sculptor, shaping them into offbeat, sensitive stories that resonate with children.
Know your young audiences
If you're writing for children, knowing where your manuscript fits in that genre's many niches isn't always an easy call. Here's a guide to help you.
Meet our Sylvia K. Burack Scholarship winner
Read the winning entry in our first scholarship contest. Our essayist describes how he came to see writing as a way of entering a dialogue with the physical, emotional or social landscape.
Vivid characters hook readers
Well-drawn characters wedded to well-done prose are often the winning ticket for a fiction writer. Here are some tips on creating memorable, complex characters.
10 things you must know about literary magazines
Many top writers have gotten their start by publishing in literary journals. Here, from a top editor at one of the best, Ploughshares, are 10 tips on submitting.
Make e-publishing work for you
These days, you can publish an e-book for a few dollars. Interested? Well, read on for tips on how to format, publish, distribute and promote an e-book.
Novelist Kent Haruf on having confidence in yourself, plus other literary notes, Dear Writer, and information on contests and conferences.
Diminish your doubts and get to work
People not taking you seriously can, unfortunately, be a trying part of a new writer's life. Here are some tips on handling them.
A 'crash course' in writing at the Times
How a full-time nurse without any writing background managed to become a regular freelancer to The New York Times.
Semicolons with soul
The tiny and occasionally controversial semicolon can often do a surprising amount of heavy lifting, and create nuance and subtley.
Poet to poet
Freeing yourself of periods and commas can sometimes free your creativity and enhance your poem.
Be your own boss: A good plan can make it a reality
Writing a yearly business plan can do much to help you set and reach your writing goals.
A review of Julia Cameron's The Sound of Paper: Starting from Scratch.
Tap into booming family-history markets
Family-history magazines are booming, and this means opportunity for freelancers keen on research and instruction.
How I write
For novelist Kimberly Kafka, roping down a day to write is the hardest part.
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