4 Free, On-Demand Writing Webinars

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The word free has a nice ring to it, especially when writers are involved. While there are an inexhaustible number of workshops, retreats and conferences targeting authors and budding writers, most will do a number on your wallet. If you're not in a position to fork over a couple hundred dollars, you may feel there are no resources available to you. Fortunately, that's not the case.

One of the best ways for writers to self-educate (without leaving the house) is through webinars. As the name implies, a webinar is a sort of seminar held online, usually some cross between a slide show and audio presentation. While many come with a price tag, there are a number of webinars available at no cost. Another great perk: many of these have already aired and have been archived away, ready for you to hit play at your own convenience. That means you can decide when you want to learn and move at your own pace. Whether you want to get updated on new technology or refresh your memory on old techniques, there's something available right now online that can add to your writer's toolbox.

We've scoured the Internet for the best free webinars aimed at writers, and below we've compiled a list of our favorites. Happy learning!

1. Writer's Digest: Secrets of Successful Self-Publishers

Here's a great tutorial on e-book publishing and marketing. You'll learn the basics of formatting and design, distribution, and selling strategies for Amazon. This webinar aired in October 2013 and is available for viewing whenever you want!

2. Houston Writers Guild: Building an Organized, Supportive, Successful Writers Community

A number of wonderful, free (or cheap) webinars are available online thanks to the Houston Writers Guild. The topic of creating community among writers is particularly important and rarely discussed, which is why we were thrilled to discover this fantastic free webinar. It's already been uploaded and ready to view whenever the mood strikes you. While you're at it, check out Houston Writers Guilds' other free webinars.

3. Grant Space: Proposal Writing Basics

While the thought of writing a grant proposal may not tickle your fancy, it's a skill that's highly sought after and could land you a job. Grant writing is an excellent way to translate your writing abilities into a full-time career. If you'd like to get a better grasp of what it's all about, this is the webinar for you.

4. Script Magazine: How to Write a Screenplay

Get insider tips on structuring your movie script and tailoring it for your audience. You'll also learn how to market your screenplay using a logline, your one-line pitch. If you're interested in screenwriting or looking to broaden your knowledge base, you can access this webinar for free and watch it on-demand.

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