Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a writer: "set a standard of writerly craft for that...well-wrought magazine” ( Newsweek).

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to writers with well chosen words or well crafted sentences.

Etymologies

writer +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Part of my 'writerly' poetics is happily donning the mantle of a lifelong student of writing, always looking for ways to improve my craft.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • All this is just one stop in your 'writerly' journey - who knows what you'll be writing next year?

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • And that kind of writerly growth is kind of cool to recognize in yourself.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » The Golden Dumpster

  • I remember Cornelia advising me to stop being "writerly" and just tell the story.

    A Doctor's Initiation (and an Author's): An Interview with Sandeep Jauhar

  • EE: Rumors have it that Ralph Lauren discovered you'd once been a male model - and after reading BABY SHARK - he's been pestering you to do a series of ads for his new 'writerly' campaign, but you turned him down when he insisted you lose the goatee.

    ON THE BUBBLE WITH ROBERT FATE

  • As I read back over it, I see that it does have a lot of "writerly" type advice--It really was a huge learning experience for me.

    One Year Later - Laura Benedict

  • The style of these stories (first published from 1988 through 1991) is more "writerly" than his nonfiction commentaries -- and, if my memory is accurate, than his more recent fiction.

    Writing and odd mail

  • While I know that I have my own, to be turned off by something "writerly" and instead go for the Picoult who would probably be insulted not to be considered "writerly" makes me roll my eyes.

    Link-Mad Monday; Comment: The Accidental Writer

  • Update: Angelo relieved me of my misery by pointing out that "writerly", one of my favorite words, is in fact a word, as proven by two sources - Merriam-Webster and Dictionary. com.

    antho # 3

  • He said, because I'd used a particular word in the first line, that an agent would reject it on the spot for being too "writerly" the word was 'edging,' by the way.

    Perfect first lines

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