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Writing about the writing habits of famous people is a theme we touch on here now and again. This week, there are three such pieces. Winston Churchill, Aaron Sorkin, and Antonin Scalia are accomplished writers with very different careers, and we learn a little more about each of them below. Also, there’s a new hotline for your best writing while the feds are butchering theirs.

Winston Churchill as a writer. Among famous orators, Winston Churchill sits near the top in terms of quotable line volume. Maybe only Mark Twain has more. But you may not know that Churchill is equally notable as a writer. For starters, he won a Nobel prize in Literature, something Twain never did. Churchill won the award for a four-volume history of World War I, and later wrote a six-volume history of World War II. He also wrote all of his speeches, which are now the subject of a new exhibit. Read the story here.

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