Writer's References

A Community for Inspiration and Encouragement

The Insecure Writer's Support Group - A monthly gathering of bloggers from around the Web to air out our insecurities to one another and to offer up encouragement to those who seek it. It's a wonderful to meet new writers and discover like-minded bloggers. Plus it's a fantastic group of people who really do care about writing and about each other.

Industry Leaders

The Writer Magazine - One of the heavy hitters in the magazine industry, The Writer offers not only a monthly print magazine, but also a website filled with industry information, author interviews, techniques and mechanics, as well as a database of writing prompts and publishing opportunities. I've enjoyed both their print magazine and their weekly newsletter for years. Their Writers on Writing articles are especially enlightening.

Poet's and Writer's Magazine - "Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Our mission? To foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public." - From the website

Poet's and Writer's Daily News - "Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know." This is a wonderful resource and they aren't kidding! Every single day their editors scour the headlines and find everything and anything a write might want to know about the writing world at large.

Publishing Resources

The Master's Review - Resources for emerging authors

Life-Writing (Writing that Focuses on Personal Experience)

Story Circle Network - "The Story Circle Network is a national not-for-profit organization made up of women who want to explore their lives through life-writing—writing that focuses on personal experience—through memoirs and autobiographies, in diaries and journals, in personal essays, in poetry. We sponsor a variety of online programs, including a members-only Circles Program, the largest women's book review website on the Internet, online writing classes and a mentorship program. We also sponsor a biannual national conference, as well as workshops, and reading circles and writing circles." (From their website)

Polish up Your Basics

What is Copyright? - Everything you need to know about copyrights and copyrighting.
Tips on Handling Omniscient POV in Fiction - How best to handle the Point of View of your storytelling? Check out this article by Jack Smith from The Writer Magazine for some good pointers.

Online Writing Courses

Gotham Writer's Workshops - Based out of New York, The Gotham Writer's offer both online and classroom workshops (in New York City, of course).

Author's Websites & Blogs

General Writing/Publishing Articles, Etc.
The Writer's Toolbox - part of the Gotham Writer's website. This is a collection of articles on the craft of writing from fiction to blogging to screenwriting. They are all written by instructors of the writing courses.

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