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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Best Writing Competitions That You Can Enter and Win

15 Best Writing Competitions That You Can Enter and Win

If you've been looking for writing competitions, then you've probably come across several giant lists of contests, prizes and awards, with very little to help you tell any of them apart. Sound familiar? Well, luckily, a number of these contests do actually stand out from the rest due to the ...
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Getting a Book Published: Tips from a Penguin Random House Editor

When it comes to getting a book published, few have more insight than Selina Walker - she has worked for one of the biggest publishing houses in the UK, Penguin Random House, in a career spanning over 20 years. We’ve had the pleasure of asking Selina about her experience as ...
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15 Top Creative Writing Blogs That Are Actually Helpful

If you're reading this, you've noticed the huge amount of creative writing blogs out there today. And unfortunately, many are pretty unappealing or poorly made. However... There are a select few blogs and websites that are smartly designed, well-maintained and loaded with useful content for any creative writer. But how ...
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