Here’s some helpful stuff for writers…

Funds for writers: A great resource for contests, grants, jobs, etc.
Perpetual Folly Blog: A wonderful blog for many reasons, not the least of which is its yearly rankings of lit journals based on Pushcart wins.
Duotrope: This is a fantastic way to track your submissions, as well as find out tidbits about the quirks of different journals.
She Writes: an online community of women writers sharing info on everything from craft to publication
Poets & Writers: Probably the most comprehensive database of all things writerly.
Fiction Writer’s Review: A site championing new and emerging writers.
Catching Days: Cynthia Newperry Martin’s illuminating blog explores how writers use their time.
Beyond the Margins: Think literary magazine run amok; essays on the craft of writing and the business of publishing.
Backspace: Writers Helping Writers An online writing community dedicated to helping one another succeed by means of discussion forums in which agents, acquisitions editors, and best-selling authors regularly conduct Q & As with the group
Good Reads: The largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world.
Next Best Book:“Reading and reviewing Indies, searching endlessly for the next best book”
New Pages Guide to Literary Magazines: With a ‘Calls for Submissions’ page and blog that announces new journal launches.
The Nervous Breakdown: Blog, stories and novel excerpts, book reviews, essays, & news.
The Review Review: Literary magazine reviews and publishing tips.
Six Questions: Interviews with journal editors.
John Fox Rankings: Ranking system based on Best American Short Stories last year.
The Rankings: Ranking systems & lists of journals included in big-time anthologies.
Story South: The Million Writers Award can help you find interesting online journals:
Pred Ed: a guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers.
PubRants Blog: Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency gives the agent’s POV.
Writer’s Store: Primarily focused on screenwriting; also a great source for outlining and organizational software.

Caralyn Davis’ Blog: Wonderfully informative blog by Asheville writer Caralyn Davis, who is compiling a directory of lit journals that accept electronic submissions, plus lots of great real-world articles about writing.
North Carolina Writers Network
NC Arts Everyday: Local and national opportunities for NC artists & writers, updated weekly.
The Great Smokies Writing Program: Writing workshops for all levels and disciplines – fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, screenwriting; taught by published authors and experienced teachers.
Fearless Writing: Classes for women in a safe, supportive setting in which to nurture creative spirit, taught by author Peggy Tabor Millin.
Emrys: A writing resource and community in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Bread Loaf Writers Conference: Middlebury, VT
Sewanee Writers Conference: Sewanee, TN
Tin House Summer Writers Workshop: Portland, OR
Squaw Valley Summer Workshops: Squaw Valley, CA
International Women’s Writing Guild: Spring Conference, Santa Cruz, CA; Summer Conference, Yale University – Women-only writers conference/workshops with no admission requirements.

And the grandaddy of them all:
Awp/Association of Writers and Writing Programs NOT a workshop but a massive convention of writers and all things writer-related! Awp holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different region of North America each year (2012: Chicago) in order to celebrate the outstanding authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers, and small press publishers of that region. The Annual Conference typically features 400 presentations: readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums plus hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings. The conference attracts more than 9,000 attendees and more than 550 publishers.

This is just a few of the many out there. (Some full fellowship, some partial fellowship, some tuitioned)

Doe Branch Ink: A writer’s retreat, right near Asheville.
Clarity Works: Writing retreats for women of all writing backgrounds
Hambidge: Creative residencies for writers, artists and creative thinkers on 600 acres in the north Georgia mountains.
Wild Acres: Writing residency at Wild Acres in Little Switzerland, NC
Art Croft: Writing residencies on a 400 acre farm in the rolling hills of Kentucky
Porches Writing Retreat: Writer’s retreat on the James River in the Virginia countryside
Blue Mountain Center: Writing residencies in the Adirondacks
Playa: 1-2 month full-fellowship residencies on the edge of the Great Basin in Summer Lake, OR.

Or – just go to:
Shaw Guides: The most comprehensive guide to writer’s conferences, workshops & retreats
Poets & Writers: Their complete database of conferences and residencies

If you can, find them at your local independent bookseller (and don’t forget – most local indie booksellers now have the ability to sell you e-books!)

The Flatiron Writers’ favorite writing books of late:

Heather Newton: Two books that inspire my writing: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card (funny and readable); High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver (not ostensibly a book on writing, but because Kingsolver writes so beautifully, and writes about her life as a writer, these essays always inspire me to sit down and start creating).

A.K. Benninghofen: my two inspiring/helpful books: Bird by Bird – Anne LaMott; Revising Fiction – David Madden

Maggie Marshall:the two that I’ve read most recently that really helped were From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler – his “dreamstorming” process is explained in detail here. And Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell – super-basic guide to plot with some helpful exercises.

Geneve Bacon: the two books that inspired me, and brought about a change in my writing in 2011 were the memoir Just Kids by Patti Smith, and the novel A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I’d also like to add The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante – an excellent refresher of things I already knew or had known and rediscovered.

Margie Klein: Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose; The Lie That Tells the Truth – John Dufresne

Marc Archambault: I really only have one book on writing that matters to me, The Elements of Style by Strunk & White.


One Year To a Writing Life – Twelve Lessons To Deepen Every Writer’s Art & Craft – Susan L. Tiberghien
Fiction Writer’s Workshop – Josip Novakovich
Don’t Murder Your Mystery – Chris Roerden
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel – Jane Smiley
Your First Novel – Ann Rittenberg & Laura Whitcomb
The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages – Nancy Ellen Dodd
Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces – Roy Peter Clark
Women, Writing & Soul-Making: Creativity & the Sacred Feminine – Peggy Tabor-Millin
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft For Young Writers – John Gardner
Zen In The Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
The Writing Life – Annie Dillard
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One – Stanley Fish
Writing the Natural Way – Gabriele Lusser Rico
On Writing – Stephen King
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft – Janet Burroway
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Vogler
The Right to Write – Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life – Natalie Goldberg