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June 2020

Elizabeth Christopher

Slogging away

By Elizabeth Christopher

What marathon training taught me about writing a novel.

Features

2020 summer reading preview

By The Writer

Wondering which books to add to your TBR pile this season? Here are 27 books to get you started.

It’s never too late

By Melissa Hart

Debut authors over 50 revel in literary success.

Change of heart

By Jack Smith

Static characters make for static stories. But how can authors ensure character arcs feel believable on the page?

A truthteller’s toolkit

By Nicki Porter

Five components a personal essay needs to succeed – and sell.

Departments

From the Front Lines

Go ahead, tie yourself up in knots

By Yi Shun Lai

A little constraint can be a really good thing.


Literary Spotlight

Fatherly

By Melissa Hart

Conference Insider

Broadleaf Writers Conference

By Melissa Hart

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