Resources

Here’s some helpful stuff for writers…

WEB RESOURCES
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.

LOCAL
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.

FREELANCE EDITORS
Kevin McIlvoy
Gabe Robinson

WRITERS CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS
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.

WRITERS RETREATS
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

BOOKS
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.

AND A FEW MORE WE REALLY LIKE…

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