Here are a few pages of links to writer resources — Blogs, Conferences, Workshops, Grants, and Organizations. Enjoy! –M
Poets and Writers – A list of new literary journals who want your work – with links to guidelines.
Marjorie’s Random Favorite Writer Blogs
Some of these offer practical advice, others are just fun to read.
Jane Friedman Friedman has great “how to” and “don’t get discouraged” posts.
Perpetual Folly Reviews the top award winning books every year, reviews New Yorker stories (he pans as well as analyzes), and tracks Pushcart Prize journals (the best ones to publish in).
Renegade Writer Tips for freelance writing.
Three Dog Blog Life with dogs, personal stories by award-winning journalist and fiction writer Laurie Hertzel
Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog This blog is about courage and creativity, and Peggy is one of my favorite fiction writers. She’s also blogging about her new novel.
The Practice of Creativity Michele Berger’s thoughts on creative community—interviews, tips, thoughtful posts.
Selected Writing Workshops and Conferences – NC Area
From website: Western Carolina University’s Visiting Writers Series, the oldest such series in North Carolina, has a long tradition of bringing the best of both established and emerging literary talent to the mountains of Western North Carolina. April 8-11, 2013
Wildacres Writers Workshop From website: Wildacres Writers Workshop is one of the finest residential writing workshops in the country – and the least expensive! It features a weeklong retreat and a weeklong writers workshop. 2013 – Retreat: June 30 – July 6 Workshop: July 6 – July 13
Writing the Body’s Wisdom: A Zen Writing Workshop for Women From website: A safe, supportive circle of women is the perfect place for taking this empty-handed leap into your creative self. You need not be a writer and no meditation experience is required. The agenda includes optional meditation (instruction available) and group writing to prompts. Come with an open mind and empty notebook and leave with an open heart and a notebook of inspiration. August 2-4, 2013
Doe Branch Ink
From the website: During the week you will have substantial time for individual writing, interactions with a writer-in-residence, evening readings and optional recreational activities. Participants have one-on-one conversations about their goals and work to date with the writers-in-residence based on a writing sample submitted in advance. Weeklong workshops May – June
Squire Summer Writing Residency From website: The NCWN’s Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, as well as a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, and readings by faculty and registrants. July 11-14, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival From website: Join us for a festival [of] ideas as expressed through good literature. Sept. 12-14, 2013
North Carolina Writers’ Network Conferences From website: The Network sponsors two conferences each year — a Spring Conference and a Fall Conference. These conferences bring together hundreds of writers for workshops, readings, networking, and lively discussion. 2013 Dates: Spring: April 13, Greensboro; Fall: Nov. 15-17, Wrightsville Beach
The Farm at Weathers Creek
The Weathers Creek Writers’ Series is an opportunity for writers of all levels to learn in a small workshop setting. Various dates.
Kitchen Table Workshops
Writing, revising, coaching, in a joyful and rigorous writing community. In cafes, Arts Councils, bookstores, B&Bs, statewide. Custom workshops and coaching. Ongoing workshops available at Rosemary House B&B, Pittsboro, NC. Next session starts April 2013.
Table Rock Writers Workshop
We offer an intensive, small-group learning experience designed to stretch your creative capacities and knowledge in a supportive and noncompetitive environment.
Other Useful Websites and Organizations
National and State Organizations for Writers
African American Online Writers Guild
Alabama Writers’ Forum
American Medical Writers Association
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America
Appalachian Writers Association
Association of Authors and Publishers
Black Storytellers Alliance
The (British) Alliance of Literary Societies
Carolina Romance Writers
Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond
Edgar Allan Poetry Society in Baltimore
Georgia Writers Association
Horror Writers Association
International Centre for Women Playwrights
National Federation of State Poetry Societies
National Writers Union
Trade Union for Freelance and Contract Writers North Carolina Presenters Consortium
North Carolina Haiku Society
North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
North Carolina Poetry Society
NC Poetry Society
PEN American Center
The Screenwriters’ Group of Raleigh
Research Triangle Science Fiction Society
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
Sisters in Crime Organization that supports women writers in the mystery writing genre
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Society of Environmental Journalists
Southeastern Writers Association
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Tenneseee Mountain Writers, Inc.
Western Writers of America, Inc.
The Writer’s Center
Writers’ Group Online
The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program
Places to publish: