Writing Resources

"It is with words as with sunbeams--the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn."

Robert Southey

Writers' Clubs, Forums, and Groups

As with readers, writers often enjoy sharing their work and/or their thoughts on writing. The following sites were selected on the basis that literary fiction is their primary intent and that membership is free or of little cost.

The 6 Ft. Ferret Writers' Group
A homepage offering tips for those interested in starting writers' groups or events. Also lists ideas for existing groups including writing exercises.
Internet Writers and Artists Guild
A network of artists and writers online. For writers and visual artists or online editors/publishers of publications dealing with the arts. Membership is free and includes a biannual online newsletter.
Online Writery
A University of Missouri website to encourage dialogue and conversation among writers. Includes: Writer Cafe, an open discussion list about writing; Cybertutorials; Gallery, a place to post your creative work; and Interactive Web Forum which includes Fiction, Poetry, and an HTML Help Forum.
The Writers Club
The Writers Club provides an avenue where writers can obtain information, education, products and services. The Writers Club provides message boards, on-line conferences, download/upload libraries, writing courses, thousands of articles on the writing industry (writing tips, conferences, copyright law, 'how to,' industry news), proprietary and third-party products (books, software), and more. Membership fee.

Writer's Resources

Learn to Write
Here are sixteen books, three magazines, and seven web sites that will get you off to a running start.
Writer's Resource Center
Poetry contests, jobs for writers, articles and exercises for writers.
Writer's Retreat
A meeting place for writers. Includes market information, links, inspriation, and motivation.

Writing Contests

A good way to have your work read and maybe even rewarded. Many have cash prizes and/or publication. Some are free; others have an entry fee. In some cases the author retains the copyright, but not always.

Electronic Slushpile
Do you dream of writing a bestseller? This is where you can showcase your work, place it straight onto the desk of a publishing giant, and possibly win prizes too! And it's all free of charge... .

Writers' Workshops

Wildacres Writers Workshop
July. In the Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland, NC. A residential workshop where writers are housed in lodge-type buildings and served three meals daily. Workshops offered are novel, short story, poetry, mystery, and play/screen writing.
Surrey Writers' Conference
Surrey, British Columbia. Speakers, workshops, one-on-one interviews with editors and agents, networking. Online workkshops have been added to this site.
International Writer's Calendar
List of workshops by state. Includes dates and addresses. A bit of a mixed bag, but it includes enough workshops geared toward literary fiction to be included here.
Annual Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Iowa City, IA. This now quite famous writing festival offers 128 different workshops in one-week and weekend sessions in June and July.
The Bread Loaf Writer's Conference
Middlebury College, VT. This annual conference has attracted some of the most notable American literary names in the twentieth century. Its central purpose is to "create a community in which dialogue of coverging literary voices become one in isolation."
Writers' Conferences
A list of conferences in Nebraska and beyond. Includes Directories and a long list of links to conferences.

Online (you don't have to pack your bags)
The Novelist's Workshop
A workshop for professional and non-professional writers of stories, articles, novels, and poems. The workshop leader is Linda Barlow, a writer, teacher, editor, and author of 15 published novels. Included in this site is an in-depth help site for Web search engines and directories. Also included are links to literature, authors, agents, and writer's resources.

Collected Quotes for Writers

Writing is a hard job. Reading these quotes may make you smile and feel, perhaps, a little less alone.

Quotations about Writing/Reading

Quotations About Writing
A list of quotes gathered as a source of inspiration and humor.
The Editor's Pen Quotable Words of Editorial Wisdom
Read this collection, and then add your own if you'd like.

Updated June 12, 2001

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