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11 classes taught by best-selling writers and authors that will improve your writing skills

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery is one of the bestselling writing courses on Udemy. Shutterstock Good writing skills can …

Creative Writing

The Best Independent Bookstores in New Jersey

While indies in the five boroughs have put on a brave face in the wake of closings in the last few years, New Jersey has blossomed, with myriad …

Books

9 Inspiring Quotes From One of the Most Anticipated Leadership Books Ever Published

Marshall Goldsmith, Simon Sinek, Stephen M.R. Covey, Bren Brown and the rest are featured on this important, new book release.<p>Hailed by its publisher as "the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide on the subject of servant leadership ever produced," the newly-released <i>Servant Leadership in</i> …

Leadership

Want to Become a Consultant? There's an App for That. Actually, There Are 3.

If you have skills that others need, consider the apps Clarity, Moonlighting and Upwork.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're a seasoned entrepreneur, you're likely expert at something other entrepreneurs need help with -- be it complex accounting issues, or how to …

Small Business

6 Things Smart People Do to Have Really Interesting Conversations

Hate small talk? Tired of the same old questions? These six approaches will make you that much more interesting.<p>Next time you go to a traditional 'networking' event, a cocktail party or dinner, do us all a favor: lose the elevator pitch. That approach is quickly losing relevancy in making authentic …

George Mason University

Inclusive children's publisher Knights Of launches

Former Scholastic employees Aimée Felone and David Stevens are launching a new children’s publisher that will focus on commissioning writers and …

This Beloved Children’s Book Is Becoming a TV Show

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for his own animated show, it seems. That’s right: Laura Numeroff’s beloved children’s book <i>If You</i> …

Kids

Stop Turning Platforms Pink - Design for Women from Code to Launch | Inc.com

While more light has been shed on the dominating "bro culture" and the outright sexism surrounding women entrepreneurs, we are far from enabling women to reach their full potential. One way that we can empower women to succeed is through innovative technology. However, I find that when developing …

Entrepreneurship

Children's book on Black political heroes inspires youth to carry the torch

Black politics reached its highest of heights upon the election of former president <b>Barack Obama</b>, however, African-American political leadership and …

Millennial Mediator: 37-Year-Old Financial Advisor Leads Couples Through Tough Divorce Choices

Much ink has been spilled lamenting the millennial job hopper. But UBS advisor Rachel Gottlieb, 37, has only made one very big jump in her 15-year career: joining the Swiss bank in Manhattan after graduating from Lehigh University in 2002. She entered the company through a rotating internship …

Swiss Bank

How To Create Diversity in Publishing

The publishing industry in the United States is huge and doing quite well. According to a new report by Research and Markets, the U.S. publishing industry has grown to more than 2,600 publishing houses and about $25 billion in annual revenue. Paperbacks are still the most popular format, and the …

Writing

7 Ways To Support The Diverse Books Movement, According To Experts And Activists

The movement for more diverse books is nothing new, and if you’re a reader who supports more diverse books and authors, you may be left wondering: …

Confessions of a Book Fiend | Inc.com

After he gave a talk the other day, I commended an advertising entrepreneur for paying people to read on the job. And then he asked me a surprising question.<p><i>How many books have you read?</i><p>I did some math, and gave the likely figure. <i>Could be ten thousand</i>.<p>Two to four books per week, times 52 weeks, …

Books

The important role of aunts and uncles in children’s lives

My brother-in-law and I have taken turns watching each others’ kids almost every weekend for the past year. Whether it’s me keeping my nephews or my daughters going to his place, we’ve done a pretty great job at keeping the cousins very close.<p>And it’s always elegant ruckus when the kids are …

Parenting

The Day the Crayons Quit illustrator announces new picture book

Oliver Jeffers, the picture book giant behind the best-seller <i>The Day the Crayons Quit,</i> will release a new book this fall, EW can announce exclusively.<p>…

Google and Howard University Partner to Bolster Diversity in Computer Science

By Meghan Bogardus CortezThe historically black university is opening a campus off-shoot in Silicon Valley.

Computer Science

Chelsea Clinton Turned A Joke At Her Mother's Expense Into An Empowering Call To Action

She's looking to the future.<p>Chelsea Clinton responded with grace to a joke about her mother during <i>Variety</i>'s Power of Women New York Luncheon on …

Gayle King

Ishion Hutchinson on his poetry and the inspiration of Lee 'Scratch' Perry

In Ishion Hutchinson's breathtaking poetry collection "House of Lords and Commons," music stirs and rises again and again in a stunning meditation on the landscapes of memory and colonial history, sunlight reflections and the vibrating sounds across the twin experiences of joy and suffering. Born …

Those Kids Who Interrupted Their Dad's BBC Interview Have Inspired a New Animated Series

Their disruptive cuteness will live on in cartoon form.<p>Remember back in early March when that BBC dad video went massively viral? In the clip, …

Why You Should Eat More Avocado

Here is some very good news for guacamole lovers everywhere: A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent …

Holistic Medicine

12 Recipes For When You Want to Embrace Spring Via a Straw

Smoothies equal the go-to breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, or post-workout drink we all wish we had more time to make. Somehow fresh ingredients that are actually in season make that seemingly difficult task more intriguing, however. Commit these raspberry, mango, carrot, blueberry, and various …

Are You An Echo: The Remarkable Story of the Forgotten Young Woman Who Became Japan’s Most Beloved Children’s Poet

A celebration of indiscriminate empathy and a sensitive reminder that the tragic and the transcendent can coexist.<p>In 1966, while leafing through an obscure book, a 19-year-old Japanese aspiring poet by the name of Setsuo Yazaki discovered a poem that stopped him up short with its staggering …

KQED

It’s story time at the Dimond Branch of the Oakland Public Library, and librarian Miriam Medow sits before a group of about 30 kids and parents — …

Branding: The Secret Sauce for Driving Demand and Controlling Price

In my last post, I talked about <i>Corporate Image</i> and how it forms the foundation of your brand. In this one, I add <i>Positioning,</i> which drives demand for each of your products and gives you control over the price you can charge. Because it gives you control over <i>Price,</i> it also gives you greater control …

Artificial Sweeteners

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos …

How Athletes Stay Calm Under Pressure: Breath is everything

For Swiss Olympic golfer Fabienne In-Albon, competing in the Olympic Games had been a life-long dream -- one she'd been training for since she was just 10 years old. Here's the way she describes her big moment:<p>"At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio when I walked to the first tee on the first day of …

Mindfulness

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250 Million Business

In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major agency. He switched to freelance, but felt so much anxiety he struggled to go out in public.<p>A friend knew just the cure: an energetic, amiable “Jeeves” for taking care of your brain. It …

Meditation

Kid-Friendly Meditation Videos Help Little Ones Settle Down Before Bed

My kids are balls of pure energy who are offended by the very thought of bedtime. But meditation videos like this one actually keep their interest …

Kids

Oolong Tea Benefits: The Top 6 Reasons to Drink This Amazing Fat Burning Tea!

Never heard of oolong tea before?<p>Well, reading this article will help you discover this magical weight loss tea, and all of its other glorified …