Choosing Between The 12 Most Popular Writing Apps

When we decided our next blog would attempt to narrow down the best writing apps, we didn't really expect it to spark an office-wide debate. But that's exactly happened here at Writers' Academy HQ, which probably says a lot about the ridiculous amount of apps and software aimed at helping ...
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15 Bookstores That Every Reading Addict Should Know About

Jerry Seinfeld once famously said that bookstores are one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. He was absolutely right, of course - bookstores have always had the status of a sort of intellectual Mecca. What people often forget about them though, is that ...
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Book Cover Design: A Case Study of Penguin Books

Every design project starts with a brief, and when it comes to book cover design, there is no better resource than the book itself. We’ve all been warned not to judge a book by its cover, but in the world of publishing, this is something that those in the industry ...
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25 Best Libraries in the World – The Writers’ Academy Guide

What separates the best libraries in the world from your average neighborhood public library? In some cases it might be a spectacularly designed building, in others it might be the size of its book collection, its academic importance, history or status as a centre for culture... Mindful of all these ...
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10 Fascinating Made-Up Languages in Literary Fiction and TV

There's a long and proud history of made-up languages (or 'conlang' - meaning constructed language) in works of fiction. While some writers will settle for a few made-up words here and there to give their fictional world an air of authenticity, others go to extreme lengths in order to make ...
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5 Effective Mystery Writing Prompts for Creative Writers

The joy of mystery writing is the license for creativity that it allows. Why then, you might wonder, would you need a selection of mystery writing prompts? Well, even if you'd prefer to come up with a premise all by yourself, there are still a number of elements a novel ...
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Best Literary Festivals

20 Best Literary Festivals Around the World That You Should Attend

There are so many literary festivals taking place around the globe that finding the best ones might seem like an impossible task. Luckily for you, we've taken that challenge on: We searched high and low through endless lists of events to narrow down the top 20 worldwide book festivals and ...
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Setting in Literature: A Guide to Describing Place in Narrative

To help explain the importance of setting in literature, The Writers' Academy tutor Dr. Barbara Henderson has put together a free online masterclass on how to weave setting into a story. Read on below for her expert advice on how to let setting stand alongside other narrative elements and help ...
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