All the Help You Need to Get Better at Writing
Writing is a huge medium, and there’s a lot of different skills you need to master depending on the kind of writing you’re trying to do.
Here at The Writers’ Academy, we’re committed to helping you become a better writer – whether you’re trying to write your first novel, blogging, copywriting or even just looking to improve your general written skills.
'Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.' - Mark Twain https://t.co/ZQH19RKZpi
— The Writers' Academy (@WritersatRandom) 10 October 2017
Here you’ll find a list of practical articles, step-by-step guides and tutorials on the craft of writing. You can also check out our resources and listings for freelance and creative writers.
Creative writing is the practice of using writing to express emotion, ideas and imagination. Most often associated with fictional literature, the term also applies to screenplays, music, creative non-fiction and a variety of other forms.
This differs from other types of writing such as journalism, academic or technical writing and most other forms of nonfiction that are mainly concerned with presenting information and facts.
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Articles & eBooks
- A Helpful Guide to the Most Common Themes in Books
- What is a 'Literary Device'? A Simple Definition & List of Examples
- 7 Steps to Creating a Unique Fictional Language
- 5 Things to Think About When Writing for Kids [from Penguin Books]
- Why You Should Write Every Day, & How to Start
- How to Stop Your Procrastination for Good
- 8 Simple Ways to Become a Better Creative Writer
Writing Prompts 🆕
Looking for writing inspiration?
Check out our list of over 300 fantastic creative writing prompts to inspire you - sorted by genre, instantly tweetable and submitted by you, our readers.
You can even submit your own prompt suggestions, and every month we'll take the best new entries and add them to the list!
Freelance writing is professional writing done on a self-employed basis, often for several different publications (newspapers, magazines, websites etc.) at once.
Like all freelancers, freelance writers don't normally work for a single company - although some may be employed full-time and still choose to do additional freelance work for extra income.
Useful Resources for Both Freelance & Creative Writers
Here at The Writers' Academy we offer online courses developed by Penguin Random House to help writers of different levels improve their skills.
During the courses, you can benefit from unlimited one-to-one feedback from expert Tutors, and Q&A sessions with Penguin Random House editors.
We also run a face-to-face workshop on writing picture books for children, where you can learn key techniques from award-winning authors and gain feedback from Penguin Random House illustrators and editors.
Courses from The Writers' Academy
Copywriting is the practice of writing for advertising or marketing purposes, with the aim of getting the reader to perform an action (most often for the commercial benefit of the writer or their employer).
Copywriting has grown rapidly as a profession as modern businesses focus more and more on digital marketing and creating written content for search engines.
Great Resources for Copywriting & SEO
More Help for Writers
If you have any questions about any of our articles, courses or just writing in general, feel free to drop us an email and we'll be more than happy to help.
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