writ·​er·​ly | \ ˈrī-tər-lē How to pronounce writerly (audio) \

Definition of writerly

: of, relating to, or typical of a writer

Examples of writerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And who better to present you with writerly gift ideas than staffers at a magazine? Sarah Madaus, SELF, 8 Sep. 2022 King, by then a mega-bestselling author, said yes immediately, mostly out of admiration for his friend’s writerly strengths. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 Life is heavy, and the writerly task of conveying its truths can be equally weighty. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 22 Aug. 2022 But, because the writing of a script is mainly done at an artisanal leisure, and the film shoot itself (particularly on low budgets) is generally a hectic rush, the writerly persona often dominates, to the detriment of the film. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2022 Articles noted the warmth of the writerly household, including a 1995 profile in The New York Times, in which Mr. Auster expressed delight at receiving a postcard from Daniel, who was on an Outward Bound program in Maine. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Toni Morrison performed the classic writerly move of working on her novels before her children woke in the morning. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 8 May 2022 And Simon brought a writerly flair to smoothly rendered songs about romance among the well-heeled. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Its black-and-white line drawings are charming, and the writerly descriptions spout history, humor and wit. Amy Merrick, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of writerly

1957, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2022

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“Writerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writerly. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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