Note: we have 300 new argumentative writing prompts to add to this list. Sign up for our free Learning Network newsletter. Receive new write prompts to your inbox every week. _________ Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, it is perhaps our extensive collection of writing prompts that is our most widely …

As content marketing efforts have grown dramatically for modern brands, so too has the importance of writing catchy, clickable headlines for online copy. Whether it’s a blog post, email, thought leadership article, or press release, the title of your article should grab the reader’s attention and l ‘encourage them to continue reading. Of course, that’s …

MANY Malaysians feel that their family and loved ones will automatically inherit their property when they die. However, under Malaysian law, if a person dies without a valid will, their assets will be frozen. Family members then have to go through a long process to request a letter of administration in order to unlock the …

Renowned author lists his personal favorites 1. Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich My first choice would be Louise because her book Love Medicine that has a conversational narrative. It won the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. This particular book really opened my eyes and inspired me to write. 2. Rabih Alameddine The work of Lebanese-American …

Written by Rosalyn Kelly Visiting new places, traveling the world, or venturing to areas near you for the first time can all spark your imagination and help you write more compelling and vivid descriptions of settings, characters and dialogue. . Press pause on tours and selfies to take a moment to reflect on your five …

Harvard School of English is home to a powerhouse of renowned creative writers. As lecturers and professors, they devote countless hours to imparting the skills of their trade to students. The Crimson asked four faculty members who teach fiction writing classes to share their creative writing wisdom. “You can create a whole world in your …

I like stories. Presumably this applies to all fiction writers. Novels allow us to weave complex narratives that evoke authentic worlds and intriguing characters. The advantage of a novel is that it gives a writer the time and space to build a fictional, yet believable world. It can also be argued that it gives writers …

The latest novel by Laura Lippman, winner of Edgar, Sunburn, is author at her best and proves once again that she is a force to be reckoned with in detective fiction. Polly Costello leaves her husband and young daughter and ends up in Belleville, Delaware, where she meets Adam Bosk, who knows more than he …

When you’re struggling with a story or trying to get used to the discipline of writing, it helps to share notes and learn from those who have been there and have done it. So whether you’re a skilled writer with a creativity shortage or a newbie wondering where to start, these solid writing tips from …

CNVS 02_NYT Final Script_150429 Transcript Start Time: 00:00:00 Rakesh: Racism basically means like … Miles: A big, a lot uh … one race feels superior to another race and so and so not only do they believe, but they act accordingly. Malik: Examples would be in class, sometimes I would be the only black kid …

Whether you’re hard at work on your NaNoWriMo project or looking to grow as a writer, our latest writing tips article is packed to the brim with some of Christopher Paolini’s best writing tips! We’ve combed through numerous author interviews, essays, and articles to highlight what we believe are some of the best nuggets of …

For a first-year Bates student, the transition from high school to college-level writing can be daunting. You approach new genres, you look at the evidence more critically. And you learn that at Bates, good writing and good thinking go hand in hand. “Colleges are places where knowledge is created,” says Daniel Sanford, director of Writing …

When you think about it, the horror genre doesn’t make sense. We sit and look at pieces of paper with words on them, imagining monsters that we know are all made up … and it scares us so much that we have to sleep with the lights on? Seriously? Writing scary horror is no easy …

Fall is the perfect season to write. I’m not sure if it’s the cool weather or the high sugar of all the pumpkin spices, but the second the leaves start to turn I can feel my creative juices flowing. And I bet I’m not the only writer who gets itchy on my quill when fall …

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the famous Southern Reach trilogy and novel Thick headed. VanderMeer shares his five writing tips. Writing a rough draft of a novel can seem quite difficult on its own. But once you have a draft, the work just begins because for most novels, editing is the key to success, …

Summer is the prime time for creative writing. With school on hiatus and the sun shining, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and pick up some paper. Maybe this summer you can finally get down to a big project, or maybe you want to relax with some fun experiences. When I was in …

Colombia Pictures It’s no secret that Hollywood prefers reboots with a baked audience to the unknown entity of the original scripts these days. While we don’t blame them for their concern for the all-important result, we can’t help but itch for something a little more… original. There are a lot of creative people out there …

Whether it’s your new guy, your old best friend, or your tattooed barista, someone in your life deserves a little love. But articulating the abstract and indefinable feeling of love can be painful. . . you know what. We’ve worked on a lot of fine speeches, but the most memorable professions of love? They don’t …

January 23, 2017 Andrew Cappetta, Assistant Curator of Academic Programs at Memorial Art Gallery, talks about Kehinde Wiley’s After Memling Portrait of a man with a letter (low). A partnership between the Memorial Art Gallery and the College’s Writing, Expression, and Argument program offers first-year writing classes at the museum for discussions about art. (University …

There are a thousand and one writing tips. Each writer has their own method and process. Some writers don’t need to have exactly anything on their desk except their laptop. Some people need to light juju-boosting candles and put on noise-canceling headphones before they get to work. Some freestyle and write about whatever comes to …

The best part about writing for yourself, not for a class, is that there’s no teacher to tell you what to write…but the worst part about writing for yourself , is also that there is no teacher to tell you what to write. Even the most accomplished writers sometimes find themselves staring at a blinking …

In the nearly two centuries that have passed since Jane Austen’s death, many have followed in her footsteps, but few have matched her. She remains a star – an icon that most writers can only aspire to emulate, although we’re always looking for ways to try. Since there is nothing easy to write, we’re fortunate …

As many writers know, sometimes the hardest part of the job is coming up with an idea that you like. This is why it is really important to always keep an open eye and an open mind, because sometimes inspiration can arise in the most unexpected places. One of the places that I have found …

Donald Ray Pollock The heavenly table is one of the most delightfully twisted novels of the year, a race of terror through an early 20th century hillbilly hellish landscape that puts the family of a swindled kindhearted farmer on a collision course with three brothers in a wave of crimes. Pollock, whose previous novel, The …

Ariel bags Common Core State Standards and the state assessments designed to measure them demand increased critical reading and analytical writing from students, and I have noticed a shift from teachers and products designed to help teachers: i.e. the tendency to focus on development or adopt more complex writing prompts. While I understand the intent …

One of the questions I get asked daily is a form of, “I want to be an author. Can you help ? There are definitely better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years – both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and fiction, both epic …

Sorting out the Holland family in James Lee Burke’s novels requires careful study. In his new book, house of the rising sunBurke’s main character is Hackberry Holland, an occasional Texas Ranger prone to alcohol use and violence in equal measure. Hackberry Holland’s grandson – also named Hackberry – has taken the helm of Burke’s recent …

When it comes to writing a novel, inspiration is one of the first things you need to stock up on (along with industrial-sized cans of coffee). Finding Java is the easy part, but the ideas are a little trickier. However, using unique writing prompts can get you started, and I’ve found that the best sparks …

The writing prompts are excellent. Whether you’re having trouble writing or just looking for new material, it’s great fun spending time on a casual project. If you’re a fan fiction writer, however, it can sometimes be difficult to find good writing prompts that you can use. Fan fiction has a pretty bad reputation. To be …

Call him Writer’s Block, call him boredom, but whatever you want to call it, you know that sitting at your desk staring at that sadly emotionless blank page is one of the worst things there is. Chasing writing inspiration is like trying to grab hold of a poisonous jellyfish in the middle of the ocean …

Three years ago, a young spoken word poet named Sarah Kay wowed the TED talk, earning two standing ovations. Her performance on writing poetry for entertainment and education has since received over 5 million views on the TED website. Kay believes communication is about telling stories that people can learn from. She offers five suggestions …

The legendary author explains why you must give up all hope of finishing your novel. If it is the year of read more and write better, we followed the course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no bullshit tips, Henry Miller 11 commandments, and various valuable tips from other great writers. Now comes John Steinbeck, Pulitzer Prize …