Helpful writerly links
Admit it. You kill too much time putzing around the Internet and not enough time writing. If you're too stubborn to close the browser and open a blank Word file (or to close the laptop altogether and lug the typewriter out of the closet), you can at least putz around some sites that'll start to whet your appetite for some published clips.
And if that's not motivation to write, we don't know what is.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
The umbrella organization of creative writing programs covers teachers and writers. Besides career information, the skinny on writing programs, and a great magazine for members, they throw amazing conferences.
Classifieds/jobs, contests, discussion forum, industry news and reviews.
Amusing but helpful advise and articles for all kinds of writers.
Access to reference, fiction and nonfiction books.
Author information, industry news and literary events.
A great Chicago-based literary blog and online magazine that, despite the racy name, is plenty safe to peruse at work.
Chicago Literary Scene Examiner
Columbia's own Rob Duffer blogs on the Chicago lit scene. Also includes fabulous list of regular events.
Information on getting your children’s book published.
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
The go-to volume for the skinny on independent journals and presses that covers distribution, editorial quirks, fundraising, jobs, publicity and general Q&A.
Provides information on publishers, dead publications, artists, conferences, and classes.
Screenwriting website with information on the business and craft.
Elephant Rock Productions
Fiction Writing Professor and Publishing Lab adviser Jotham Burrello's online source for the business of writing and publishing and his instructional DVDs, So, Is It Done? and Submit!
Read and discuss romance fiction, talk to editors.
Links to resources relating to jobs, business writing, contracts, and grant writing. Everything from creative writing retreats and rewriting to self-publishing and marketing.
Funds for Writers
Includes how-to articles, writing links, newsletters, lists of markets (some lower paying markets that are easier to crack), contests, and grants.
Gotham Writers Workshop
Our humble nation's premiere non-university affilated writing center, offers a helpful toolbox for emerging writers. Check out their online courses too.
Free classified ads, articles, contests, interviews with editors and agents. What else do you need?
The online home of an attorney-turned-writer/editor with a logo typeset like a ransom note.
Searchable job site, posted resumes, events, bulletin board, and general news articles.
Provides information to help you move from fiction to screenwriting — contests and markets.
Offers latest information on consumer magazines, including the thirty most notable launches of the last year, and a comprehensive list of every new magazine launched each month.
The place for news on alternative print and media, links to indie presses and literary magazines.
No Media Kings
Novelist Jim Monroe got fed up with the world of big corporate publishers. His site focuses on the world of indie publishing.
Provides extensive information on self-publishing and promotion.
Poets & Writers Online
Big shots of the literary publishing world. Their site offers calls for submission, contest listings, jobs and plenty of good articles and interviews with big-time writers.
Preditors & Editors Literary Agents
Site provides information on various agents, who and what they represent, and who you may want to steer clear of.
Information on and links to publishers worldwide.
TV? TV? Well yeah. It's the SciFi Channel's online home, but they have plenty of useful stuff for sci-fi writers — interviews with writers, book reviews, etc.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
Your portal into the realm of Sci-Fi/Fantasy publishing. Recommended readings, writing tips, reviews, agent listings and legal tips.
Six Questions For...
Where editors, publishers, agents, educators, and writers discuss writing.
Small Publishers Association of North America
Get marketing advice and connect with other authors, self-publishers, and independent presses.
For writers of science fiction and fantasy, this site provides information on current markets and magazine rejection rates and policies.
Spicy Green Iguana
Links to over 400 specialized fiction magazines in the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres.
Because we all need to eat sooner or later, this site lists jobs for writers, editors, and copywriters organized by type of writing and region. Also features articles on getting jobs.
Travel Writing Tips
Articles, tips and links for those interested in travel writing.
Web Del Sol
Has its very own online journal in addition to classifieds, market information, newsletters and the lowdown on writing programs. You'll want to bookmark this one.
Writer’s Free Reference
A page of links with free information on agents, contests, publishing and even poetry.
Writer’s Guild of America
It's a labor union that covers writers working in film, TV and radio, and they provide plenty of information on writing and registering your work.
An online directory of agents, editors, publishers and writers. Talk shop in the forums.
Provides a list of warnings about deadbeat publishers and publications, lists only paying markets and freelance opportunities.
Writing For Dollars
Free newsletter with money-making tips.
Forums for critiquing other people’s work and receiving feedback on yours.