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 Wild Reads is a club that will extend Cheryl’s readerly influence in addition to her writerly one. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Particularly noteworthy is the writerly flair that’s actively present in the scripting, rich with a strong sense of imagery. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2021 Nearly every song is based on a memory from ages seven to 17, depicted with writerly clarity over big-room indie-rock arrangements. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 Had this volume contained an additional six stories, Stifter’s writerly patterns might start to feel repetitive. Martin Riker, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Here, Riggs waxes poetic on this final installment and tells EW a little bit about his very writerly process. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 24 Feb. 2021 Amis is Amis: Beneath an autumnal maturity of mind beats the still-atavistic writerly ego. James Parker, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2020 Tevis also regained his writerly mojo, finishing four more novels and a collection of short stories. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2020 Since her writerly method in this opus is more sectional in nature, her approach is an ideal foil for Lewis’s — making the CD worth the wait for its arrival via snail mail. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of writerly

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 25 Jul. 2021.

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