Study the Craft of Writing

with Windy Lynn Harris

Windy has taught the craft of writing for over a decade. She offers a variety of classes and webinars throughout the year.

Recent Classes (2021 dates coming soon!)

                                                                                   ​09/10/2020 - Writing The Personal Essay: Your Guide to Getting it Right

Join Windy live from her office on September 10th to talk about writing a sellable personal essay. Personal essays are appealing first-person stories found in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies across the country. They are incredibly popular to read with plenty of submission opportunities for writers. Categories include travel, parenting, grief, humor, satire, nostalgia, personal growth, and more. Can’t make it that day? No worries! You’ll have access to the recorded version of this Writer’s Digest webinar for a full year. Save your spot now!


This exclusive pre-conference virtual workshop kicks off the 2020 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend on Thursday, November 5th. Participants must attend the Annual Conference to sign up for this special event. Seats are limited, so register today!

In this full-day workshop, Windy Lynn Harris—founder of Market Coaching for Creative Writers and author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published—will teach you how to find publication success in the coveted literary magazine market by crafting and selling short personal essays. Packed with practical advice, this class includes:

  • Personal essay writing defined in detail.
  • A step-by-step guide to crafting personal essays.
  • A revision plan for short creative prose.
  • An overview of literary magazines and how they impact your career.
  • Finding the right magazine for each of your essays.
  • Submitting your work professionally.
  • Making authentic connections with literary magazine editors.
  • Essay chapbooks and full-length collections—other opportunities for your essays.
  • Copyright, contracts, and the rights you sell.

Bonus: Are you writing a memoir? Having essay bylines on your resume are impressive to literary agents, build your pre-publication platform, and can be an essential part of your marketing efforts once your book is in print. In this session, Windy will also cover how to take a chapter from your memoir and revise it into an essay while keeping the rights of the larger project intact.

Who this session is for

  • Writers of all levels who want to explore essay writing
  • All memoir writers
  • Essayists who want to get published
  • Bloggers who want to expand into literary magazines



Windy will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. She will be teaching a pre-conference workshop all about personal writing and hosting an hour-long session about flash fiction. Join the fun without ever leaving home!

NOVEMBER 5-7, 2020

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is going virtual but it will still offer everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally all from the comfort and safety of your own home. Gain invaluable tips to improve your craft, explore publishing options and learn how to establish a sustainable career—all while being inspired by successful authors and your fellow attendees. And it’s all brought to you by Writer’s Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing writers at every stage of their career for 100 years.


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