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Parts to a Story – From the inciting incident to the denouement

Recently I’ve had a number of my students ask, “What makes a story great?” For example, what sets apart a story that wins major awards from one that doesn’t? What makes one story monumental, a landmark in its field, while another story fades from memory?

Writer Winners - 1st Quarter

Writers of the Future 2nd Quarter 2017 Winners

The judging results are in! Here are the 2nd Quarter 2017 Writers of the Future Contest winners. Congratulations to you all!

Check Out How SD Comic Con Welcomed Writers of the Future

Over 500 Comic Con attendees had an opportunity to meet Writers of the Future Volume 33 winners Jake Marley and Andrew L. Roberts to get an autographed copy of volume 33 and the beautiful poster of the cover art, Crimson Dawn, painted by Larry Elmore.

Illustrators of the Future 1st Quarter 2017 Winners

Illustrators of the Future Contest – 2nd Quarter 2017 Winners

The judging results are in! And here are the winners for the Illustrators of the Future Contest – 2nd Quarter 2017

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Grounding Your Reader

One reader asked me to discuss a bit about what I call “grounding” the reader. Quite simply, grounding is the fine art of letting the reader know what is going on. You need to focus on some basics …

Man reading a book

What Makes a Story Great?

Recently I’ve had a number of my students ask, “What makes a story great?” For example, what sets apart a story that wins major awards from one that doesn’t? What makes one story monumental, a landmark in its field, while another story fades from memory?

Jake Marley on stage with the Golden Pen Award

Writing the Future: Thoughts on the Writers of the Future Contest

I can admit that when I first heard about the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, I was skeptical. On the surface it seemed too good to be true.

Jake Marley at the Writers Workshop 2017

Meet the winner – Jake Marley

riters of the Future alumni C Stuart Hardwick interviewed the winners from this year’s contest. Here’s his interview with Jake Marley, author of “Acquisition.”

David Farland with Lawrence Simmons Jr, the General Manager of the Nellis AFB Exchange

David Farland at Nellis AFB to Promote Writers of the Future

Writers of the Future Coordinating Judge David Farland visited the Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, to promote Writers of the Future and this year’s bestselling volume of the annual anthology this past weekend.

Focus on Eric James Stone: Writers of the Future Vol 21 Winner

Eric James Stone is one of the few people who’ve managed to appear in two editions of the Writers of the Future anthology, putting “Memory” into Volume XX in 2004 as a published finalist, and “Betrayer of Trees” into Volume XXI in 2005 as a prizewinner.