Resources for Writers and Writing Groups
A running list
Hello! This list is evolving weekly. All suggestions are welcome so fire away in the comments below.
Writing Instruction and Workshops
Writing by Writers Founded by author, teacher, and speaker, Pam Houston, WxW hosts multi-day writing workshops for people interested in writing fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. The workshops are taught by nationally known, published authors, who are adept at teaching the craft of writing to all levels of student. In addition, participants learn how to read other’s work critically and apply those lessons to their own writing.
Grub Street All writers need insightful readers, inspiration, support, and honest feedback. That’s what GrubStreet aims to provide, in a supportive and thriving community. Over six hundred classes, services, and events a year are offered for writers of all genres and ambitions—from first-time poets or fledgling memoirists to MFA graduates and published novelists.
MasterClass: Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling: 16 video lectures with downloads included. Lots here for the writer at every stage of development and includes a section on graphic novels. (I loved it). Requires a subscription to MasterClass but if shared with a friend this can be affordable and there is a wide range of classes to take over the course of a year.
MasterClass: Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing: 6 video lectures with downloads. Of particular value: the case studies, and discussions of structure and point of view. Requires a subscription to MasterClass but if shared with a friend this can be affordable and there is a wide range of classes to take over the course of a year.
Generative Writing Workshops
Writer and teacher Martha McPhee returned to journaling and now teaches her students how to use journaling to increase their powers of observation and to take joy in the concrete feel of a notebook in their hands. Here’s a brief essay by her that explains her approach. If you can’t access it, let me know and I will send it to you in another format.
Writing Fiction and More
Writing Exercises From Matt Bell - Author and teacher Matt Bell offers a once-a-month exercise for writers in all genres and invites discussion
CRAFT TALK by Jami Attenberg (this is where you can find out about #1000wordsofsummer)
Victoria Weisfeld, novelist, traveller, and avid reader, writes almost daily about books she has read or what she has learned as a writer that can help other writers. A member of Sisters in Crime (see next entry) In Writer’s First Draft, you’ll find writing tips and insights based on her own and others’ experiences with the written word.
Sisters in Crime is “the premier crime writing association focused on equity and inclusion in our community and in publishing.” Its 4,500+ members enjoy access to tools to help them learn, grow, improve, thrive, reinvent if necessary. They also gain a community of supportive fellow writers and readers, both peers to share the peaks and valleys of writing, and mentors to model the way forward.
The Business of Writing
The Novelleist by Elle Griffin - Information, research, and community around new ways to self-publish fiction and take control of the process and strategy
New Pages - Weekly lists of publications seeking submissions
Jane Friedman - Jane Friedman uses her 20+ years in publishing to help writers with all aspects of their work from writing to publishing. She focuses on how the “digital age” has transformed and continues to alter the environment for writers and publishers. Her newsletters with her own offerings as well as guest posts from others have become staples for many writers who want to find information, data, insights, and classes that will help them navigate the world of writing and publishing.
The Writers Bridge and the The Writers Bridge Express Lane are two resources offered by a team of two writers, Ashley Renard and Allison K. Williams who offer advice aimed at helping writers build successful platforms for their work. Renard is a memoirist, social media coach and strategist. Williams a.k.a, “the unkind editor,” is a writer, editor, and book coach. They are effective communicators, have a demonstrably strong track record in their fields, and best of all offer free biweekly Zoom sessions on a particular topic, often offering complementary views. The archives of these sessions are also available along with other consultative services at Writer’s Bridge Express Lane. Their newsletters make it easy to pick and choose which topics and services to make time for.
Books and Interviews
Refuse To Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell. In this Interview. Caroline Leavitt asks Matt Bell about this new book that writers and teachers like Rebecca Makkai are raving about. (Spoiler: Bell admits you’ll be writing more than three drafts).