writerly

adjective
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 The sciences became specialized, and his particular power of synthesis began to look a little old-fashioned or even amateur, more a writerly and romantic endeavor than hardcore science. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "What do Thomas Jefferson, a mastodon skeleton and Alexander von Humboldt have in common? The answer is locked inside the Smithsonian.," 1 July 2020 But there is a wider world beyond my writerly aspirations, populated by people who need basic things from their journalists. Rachel Hawley, The New Republic, "Don’t Support The New York Times," 10 June 2020 This accounts in part for his use of pseudonyms, which was not just a writerly device. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Difficulties Everywhere," 27 Apr. 2020 Additional Tools For Book Club Communication Looking for something a bit more writerly? Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "How To Take Your Book Club Online While Practicing Social Distancing," 19 Mar. 2020 Her defiance may be a product of Western individualism (and so, some might argue, are her writerly aspirations and her empty bank account). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 Her defiance may be a product of Western individualism (and so, some might argue, are her writerly aspirations and her empty bank account). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 And soon Elizabeth starts doing weird things with rocks, a touch of mysticism that just looks like writerly quirk run amok. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 Such writerly panache is the true saving grace of Mr Orange’s chronicle. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Writerly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writerly. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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