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Hey there!


September loves learning! We're gushing over the beauty of perpetual learning this month and understanding what learning looks like for different people.

Read more on our blog on Thursday. 

I am ridiculously excited to discuss Writer's Games '24 in our September 9 #WriteChat on discord. I can't wait to hear your thoughts, discuss options, answer questions, and start planning our next portion!

We're looking forward to a new Back to Basics course on the "ear" of writing later this month.

Join us September 22 to read the Fiction Potluck winning entries selected by our guest judge, Riley Kilmore. Check out the finalist bios on the Potluck page, available now! 

Read our WayWords interview on Six Questions For...!

I'm making my way through Tales of the Strange submissions and reaching out to writers as I go. If you submitted for this anthology, expect to hear from me before Halloween.

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We're excited to be recommended by Reedsy for the second year in a row for running one of the best writing contests. 


This award recognizes Fiction Potluck!

Check it out quarterly in

January, April, July, and October.

WayWords issue 11 is now available in print and ebook! Check the WayWords page for links and to see who's featured in this issue.

General Updates:

We are growing and I'm drowning in the full redesign of this website (all gazillion pages). I've made some superficial updates to roughly half the pages but am nowhere near close to finished. I made a public log so you can keep up with my progress. Plans for this update include visual changes, reorganization, and lots of content updates. If you have any suggestions for features you'd like to see, please reach out

Writer's Games—we announced at the end of last year that we're taking a break from this competition and the internship program for the 2023 calendar year.

If you earned guaranteed registration (winning, deferment, waiting list) in 2022, we are saving your space for 2024. I have not fully updated the Writer's Games pages yet.

Fiction Potluck—we launched a new competition! Potluck is quarterly, free, and open to writers around the world. A guest judge sets the challenge and the WW team selects finalists from the entries. We'll feature these finalists on the Fiction Potluck page while the guest judge chooses the top three winners. Each of the top three pieces will be published on our blog.

Read the July winners on September 22!

New challenge starts October 1.

Discordwe launched a Discord server with tons of difference channels to chat with your fellow writers. We'll host a dedicated #WriteChat on the second Saturday of every month, starting at 7pm (UTC). Spread the word!

If the Discord link is broken, contact us for a personalized invite.

Looking for announcements? Check the pinned note up top for all the latest news. 

Happy writing!


Back to Basics

Check out the latest Back to Basics course!

Izhan discusses the importance of reading and how to use this valuable tool to improve your writing.

Try the challenge send in your notes for feedback!

Check out the Back to Basics page for past courses.

Join us in the forum or  on Twitter using #WWB2B.

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Fiction Potluck

The Fiction Potluck challenge is CLOSED for the quarter. Check out the finalist bios—available now—and join us September 22 to find out which pieces our guest judge, Riley Kilmore, selected.

Fiction Potluck is free to enter and open to all ages around the world.

Learn more about the finalists August 30 and read the winning pieces September 22. 

Why a potluck? We never know what writers will bring in the beginning but we're excited to share the top three pieces with everyone at the end!

Fiction Potluck is recommended by Reedsy as a Best Contest of 2023!

New blog posts on Thursdays.

Recent Releases:

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Tales from the Deep


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issue 11


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72 Hours

vol 11


A note from our director

Hello fellow creative,

This community is wonderfully diverse and I'm so honored to volunteer my time here. Our team is truly amazing; we put you, the writer, first and foremost in everything we do. We're here to help you succeed!

Your support means the world to us. You're the reason we exist! Your donation funds tools, competitions, and other opportunities for writers around the world. Visit our Donations page to learn more.

Love and words, 


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We love hearing about great products and services to recommend to our fellow writers. If you think your company or service is a good fit for The Writer's Workout, contact us

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Tales of the Strange


This anthology asks you to explore the beautifully weird, the slightly off, and the unusual. Break free from the norm to investigate the strange! 

This anthology is edited by Theresa Green (it's me, hi!).

Theresa is looking for well-developed concepts, inviting storytelling, clear description, and an occasional laugh to break the tension. Genre is yours to play with*. Pieces will be reviewed and writers contacted on a rolling basis during the call.

Theresa is a freelance developmental editor at Premier Literary Services

Tales of the Strange is CLOSED. I'm reaching out to writers as I go. 

Missed this one? We'll have a new Tales theme in 2024. #NoFee

*Genre restrictions: The Writer's Workout will reject all religious, political, or erotic content.

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Tales from the Deep

This anthology is available in digital and print! Pick up your copy today to discover new physical, emotional, and aquatic depths.


Visit the Tales page.



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Our Pandemic

This anthology is available in digital and print! Pick up your copy today to help support Direct Relief and read these amazing tales of life during lockdown.  

Visit the Our Pandemic page.

Proceeds from the sale of Our Pandemic are donated to Direct Relief, an organization providing medical supplies and services around the world. Please check out their amazing organization to learn more.

The Writer's Workout is not affiliated with Direct Relief. 

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