Writing Resources

This is a list of places for a variety of writing resources. I’ll try and keep these up-to-date, but we all know how frequently the internet changes. I am not endorsing these; I am simply providing resources I’ve been made aware of through a variety of writer discussions, forums, and interactions.

Education:
-Association of Writers and Writing Programs Guide to Writing Programs
NewPages Guide to Creative Writing Programs
Online Colleges search database
-Poets & Writers MFA Programs Database
-Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program

Teaching:
-Academic Careers Online has a website
-Higher Educations Jobs has a searchable website
-The University Jobs website covers the United States, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Canada

Organizations:
The Author’s Guild
Horror Writers Association
Mystery Writers of America
Pennwriters
Romance Writers of America
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
International Thriller Writers

Publication:
Agent Query: the internet’s largest free database of literary agents.
Duotrope is a paid subscription service to find markets, track submissions, and get published.
Locus Magazine is “the” industry magazine for writers.
Manuscript Wishlist is a great resource for what agents are actively searching for.
-Poets & Writers has a Literary Agent Database.
The Query Shark: How to Write Query Letters that Actually Work.
Query Tracker: Helping Authors Find Literary Agents.
-Publishers Weekly has a great article about What Authors and Editors Wish They Could Say to One Another.
Ralan‘s SpecFic and Humor Webstravaganza.
-The International Thriller Writers posts a list of Recognized Publishers.
-The Submission Grinder is a submission tracker and market database for writers.
-The United States Copyright Office, a Department of the Library of Congress.
-Writer’s Digest has a Guide to Literary Agents.

Resources and References:
Fantasy Name Generators
-The library at the University of Missouri has a U.S. specific Prices and Wages historical log
Related Words
Resources for Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Writers
Write Rhymes

How-To:
TV Tropes: the All-Devouring Pop-Culture Wiki
Beyond the Rainbow for queer diversity and writing resources
Absolute Write is a comprehensive informational Website and community for writers of all levels.
Ditch Diggers Podcast is hosted by professional authors Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace. Ditch Diggers is an offshoot of Mur Lafferty’s long-running writing podcast, I Should Be Writing.
Print Run Podcast is created and hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane to have conversations surrounding the book and publishing industries.
The Shipping and Handling Podcast is a regular podcast where Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary Inc. and Jennifer Udden of the Donald Maass Literary Agency discuss books, publishing, writing, and more.
The Writing Excuses Podcast is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers.

Motivation:
Music to Influence Your Writing

Writing Programs and Apps:
Airtable is a free application that is part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible.
Commit30 is an app for you to set goals, take action, and track the progress of projects.
Scrivener combines all the tools you need to craft your first draft from nascent notion to final full stop.
Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.
-Jaime Raintree offers a Writing and Revision Tracker designed to track your writing and revision progress for daily, weekly, monthly, and annual totals for up to 10 projects.

Recommended Reading:
-Wonderbook
-Save the Cat
-The Successful Novelist by David Morrell
-Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
-Goal, Motivation, Conflict (GMC) by Debra Dixon
-Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
-Story by Robert McKee
-Story Trumps Structure by Steven James
-Around Writer’s Block
-Writing the Breakout Novel by David Maas
-Self-editing for Publication by James Scott Bell
-On Writing by Stephen King
-War of Art by Steven Pressfield
-The Art of Character by David Corbett
-If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman
-Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
-Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
-How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
The Writing Workshop Notebook by Alan Ziegler
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress