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Feature-rich level with all the bells and whistles allowing members to get the most out of Writing.Com. This is the WdC recommended level of paid membership for those looking to get "the most bang for your buck"! Includes all the benefits of Upgraded membership, plus:

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Premium Plus Membership ($419.95 per year)    TOP
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*Bullet* Storage of up to 2,000 items in portfolio
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