writ·​er·​ly ˈrī-tər-lē How to pronounce writerly (audio)
: of, relating to, or typical of a writer

Examples of writerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ruth, as a character, alternates frustratingly between writerly perceptiveness and more stereotyped neuroses. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 Books Jonathan Franzen shares some secrets, sort of, in his first public appearance for ‘Crossroads’ April 24, 2022 Hill works through this, with some success, through sheer writerly grace. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 In addition to his writerly endeavors, Tortorella recently appeared in the Apple TV+ series City on Fire, based on the bestselling novel by Garth Risk Hallberg. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2023 Ultimately, the most writerly creation is Dora herself. Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2023 Buyers at the very high end of the market may romanticize an aura of writerly brilliance but are less likely to pay much for it. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 31 Jan. 2023 Kuang’s narrative palpates the nuances of cultural performance and writerly ethics, finally concluding that all authors steal for material anyway. Zoe Hu, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 Few rappers are more writerly. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2021 No geographic or, in this case, traffic circle coincidence can be left uninspected by an inquiring writerly mind, and so the spinning advance that my wife Martha and I made across Provence last October came to seem symbolic of our psychological state there. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, 5 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of writerly was in 1957

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“Writerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writerly. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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