Writers’ Resources: Websites & Publications

WRITING VACATIONS

The Banff Center, in Banff Alberta, programs include the Playwrights Colony offered every spring (deadline for admission in the preceding fall); the Literary Arts Self-directed Writing Residency; and In(ter)ventions Literary Practice at the Edge: A Gathering held for four days in February.

The Writers’ Haven offers workshops on Gabriola Island, British Columbia where 10 to 12 participants get together to write and discuss the craft as well as receive coaching. Personally-managed retreats are also available.

The Humber School for Writers in Toronto holds a seven-day creative writing workshop each summer as well as classes during the year.

More writing workshops in Canada are listed on the Yahoo! search link: Yahoo Directory

ASJA Conference (American Society for Journalists and Authors) holds workshops as part of its yearly conference and includes the opportunity for one-on-one time with an editor.

Exploritas (once known as Elderhostels and not just for seniors) offers a number of learning vacations around the world including a memoir-writing workshop held in Ripley, West Virginia.

A large selection of classes and workshops are available at The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Topics cover children’s literature, writing your memoirs, ‘Writing True Stories’ and ‘Write Like a Genius.’

San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference in central Mexico offers a two-day writers conference followed by two days of workshops that attracts participants from all over the US and Canada. The event is held in February each year.

The Creative Writing Center is located in the town of California, Maryland with its retreats held in a small village near Chesapeake Bay. The fee is $245 per participants for workshops only as participants make their own lodging arrangements.

Infohub list a number of schools in the USA and abroad that offer retreats for writers wanting to get away in order to practice their craft. Many are specific to a type of writing – journalism, travel, memoirs – but many offer a more general curriculum.

The travel-quest repository of writing courses, holidays and retreats includes locations in Spain, Italy, France, the U.K., Greece, Mexico and the USA.

7 Day Wonder offers a number of week-long get-aways in Spain and France for vacationers to practice a number of the arts including writing, comedy (writing and performing), book groups, as well as singing and songwriting. The company has been operating for six years and operates out of Devon, England.

All Ways Spain offers travel writing holidays that take place in Alpujarra, Granada province.

Lisa Elvidge offers classes in Portugal in Algarve. Workshops and classes are offered in Lagos and Monchique.

 
Before making your reservations with these or any schools and travel service providers inquire about what the package includes. Some provide accommodations, food, activities, workshops/classes and may include transportation to the country. Other do not provide everything, so it’s a good idea to check before you book.

 
WRITING COMPETITIONS:

Glimmer Train: monthly competition with varying themes, deadlines are the last day of the month, fees $20 per story; prizes: 1st $2,000; 2nd $1,000; 3rd $600. Upcoming themes: September: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 words), Best Start (up to 1,000); October: Family Matters and Standard; November: Short Story Award for New Writers and December: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000), Best Start (up to 1,000).

Field Report: is an on-line story-sharing service that provides anonymous reviews by other members. The highest-ranked stories in each of FieldReport’s 20 subject categories go on to compete for grand prizes. Membership and entry are free.

youwriteon: contributors to this on-line story-sharing service are eligible for the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards. Publishers review the highest-rated chapters or short stories submitted and give feedback to the writers. Stories entered in the YouWriteOn BestSellers Chart are then eligible for the Book of the Year Awards in the following year.

CRWOPPS (CRWROPPS-B@yahoogroups.com): the Yahoo! group notifies subscribers of upcoming writing competitions. These are sent to you electronically after you’ve signed up by sending an e-mail at the address indicated.

 
WHERE CAN I GET HELP? WRITING, I MEAN
Author Magazine: “An on-line magazine for writers and readers, featuring interviews with best-selling and first-time authors, reviews and articles and more.” http://www.authormagazine.org/index.htm

Authorlink: “News, Information and Marketing for Editors, Literary Agents, Writers, and Readers”
http://www.authorlink.com/membership/signup.php

Publishers’ Weekly: “A daily round-up of the latest publishing news.” http://www.publishersweekly.com/

 
INSTANT PUBLICATION SITES (some offering reader critique)
Associated Content: “AC’s platform enables anyone to participate in the new content economy by publishing content on any topic, in any format (text, video, audio and images), and connects that content to consumers, partners and advertisers.” http://www.associatedcontent.com/company.html

The Next Big Writer: “A site to help you become The Next Big Writer: Our mission is to empower writers and to find, reward, and promote the best undiscovered writing talent.”
http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/index.html

Wikipedia: “A free encyclopedia with millions of articles contributed collaboratively using Wiki software, in dozens of languages.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki

WikiHow: “is a collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual. With your contributions, we can create a free resource that helps millions of people by offering solutions to the problems of everyday life. wikiHow currently contains 50,397 articles — written, edited, and maintained primarily by volunteers. Please join us by writing on a topic not yet covered, or editing an article that someone else has started.” http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page

You Read Online.com: “We aim to give new and unpublished authors the chance to publish their short stories online so that others can read and enjoy their work.” http://youreadonline.com/default.htm

You Write On: “The free website to help new writers develop and to help talented writers get noticed and published.” http://www.youwriteon.com/

 
BLOGS
BootsnAll Travel Blogs are a great way to stay in touch with friends and family while you’re on the road. Even if you’re not travelling, you can still blog about whatever you like.” http://blogs.bootsnall.com

Blogmaestro: “Free blogging for everyone”: http://blogmaestro.com/wp-signup.php?new=lynn

Travelpost Journals/Blogs: “Hotel reviews, information and rates from over 200 websites.” The great thing here is their travel blog function that allows you to write, post photos, write reviews and map your travels. ”http://www.travelpost.com/journals.aspx

 
ON MARKETING YOURSELF
Twitter:“Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real time.”
http://twitter.com/home

Facebook:“Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” http://www.facebook.com/home.php

 
ON PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK
National Writers’ Union: “The National Writers Union is the trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets. With the combined strength of nearly 2,000 members in 16 chapters nationwide, and with the support of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), the Union works to defend the rights and improve the economic and working conditions of all writers.” http://www.nwu.org

ASJA: “The American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation’s leading organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of more than 1,100 outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement.” http://www.asja.org/about.php

 
EDUCATION/TRAINING:
Abroad Writers’ Conference: “A summit of international authors and aspiring writers.”
http://www.abroad-crwf.com/

Association of Writers and Writing Programs: “Since 1967, AWP has supported writers & writing programs around the world. We now support over 28,000 writers at over 400 member colleges & universities & 120 writers’ conferences & centers.” http://www.awpwriter.org/

Writers’ Digest On-line Seminars:
http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com and http://writersdigest.com/webinars

 
OTHER RESOURCES:
First Writer: “This site aims to provide you with all the information you need as you progress in your
writing career.” http://www.firstwriter.com/

Web Stuff for Writers: “How writers can use the Internet; how writers are using the Internet”
http://www.legendpress.co.uk/

Women on Writing (WOW): “an e-zine promoting communications between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers and readers.” http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Writers’ Digest: “Write better. Get published.” http://www.writersdigest.com/GeneralMenu/

 
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