I put together this totally biased writer's resource list based on groups that I have actually participated in (many on line and free or at low cost) for the talk I gave today at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library reading/reception event for LIE, and I thought I'd share it.
But first, I have to LOUDLY THANK two extraordinary women -- Gretchen Browne, director of the POB Library and, especially, the fabulous young adult librarian Heather Grecco who helped organize the event (yes, that's Heather and me in the picture). The reception was warm and inviting. Ages 6 to 80 were represented, and I believe everyone found the talk interesting (my 10 ten myths about the writing process, and top 10 'truths' -- more about them in later blogs!).
I distributed the following short list, which I thought I'd share with all of all you. if you have resources that you use to help you write, let me know!
RECOMMENDED WRITING RESOURCES: This is by no means a comprehensive list, but represents groups that I have participated in or taken classes with over the years— Long Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators (LICWI) - a very inclusive Long Island group meets once a month at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, and features group critiques of children –young adult work. Editor visits. Very reasonable annual membership. www.licwi.org. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – (SBCWI) National organization for children’s writers, I’m a member of NYC chapter with monthly seminars, annual winter meeting in January in NYC offers critiques, workshops and panels. www.scbwi.org. Hofstra Continuing Education (adult education writing classes year round and a well-run Summer Writers Institute on Long Island). If you are an aspiring children’s writer, try a class with Brian Heinz, very worthwhile. www.hofstra.edu/ucce/summerwriting.edu.
Figment: Write yourself in. A community to share writing – no fee to join. Teen orientated. Educator section too. Find interview with me on this site!! www.figment.com. Book Country – new site to read, explore, review and write fiction – no fee to join. Run by Penguin Group, a major publisher. www.bookcountry.com. SheWrites (for women writers only). Terrific site -- no fee to join. As they note, they re, “premiere destination for women writers, providing services and support for women at every stage of their writing lives.” Lots of free information, sharing here. Also writing classes for a fee offered on line. www.shewrites.com. MediaBistro (on-line and in NYC, www.mediabistro.com): daily free email on the media business, plus some excellent short-term writing classes. Class with D.B. Gilles on screenwriting is very worthwhile. He has a new book: The ScreenWriter Within – I highly recommend it. Publisher’s Lunch – daily free email on the publishing business. Key info for serious aspiring writer about what books have been sold by what agents to what publisher’s, what books optioned by film or television, and the scope of the deals. A subscription component of the site gives more details on deals. www.publishersmarketplace.com.
Top Writing Competition for High School students: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for grades 7-12. Top award for high school students in the country for writing. Dramatic scripts, Flash Fiction (1,300 words), Personal Essay, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story are among the categories. DEADLINE for Northeast regional: JANUARY 6, 2012. Regional and national winners. Scholarships for winners. More at www.artsandwriting.org
Very short list of my bookshelf about writing include: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott about the creative process; Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver, a complete writing course in one book; and The Practical Writer from Inspiration to Publication edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon on the staff of Poets &Writers Magazine. Also, Poets&Writers Magazine and its website are essential resources.
I'm sure there are more out there, this is only my 'short list,' so if you have some, let me know.