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Publish or Perish

by Kim Packard
Created on August 25, 2012/ December 13, 2012 Work in Progress, I don’t know any of the people who created the blogs, web sites, etc. and listed them for future reference for myself as well as for anyone who is interested in the current scene of publishing and creation of books, e-books, audible books, videos, etc. I will try to update the information annually, but there may be some links that do not work. (Last updated on 11/23/2017.) The world has changed a lot in the last decade in the ways people publish and books are made. Publishing Programs Around the World What Do Publishers Do? What Ten Major US Editors Want to Publish in 2013 Book… Read more

Created on August 25, 2012/ December 13, 2012

Work in Progress, I don’t know any of the people who created the blogs, web sites, etc. and listed them for future reference for myself as well as for anyone who is interested in the current scene of publishing and creation of books, e-books, audible books, videos, etc. I will try to update the information annually, but there may be some links that do not work. (Last updated on 11/23/2017.)

The world has changed a lot in the last decade in the ways people publish and books are made.

Publishing Programs Around the World

What Do Publishers Do?

What Ten Major US Editors Want to Publish in 2013

Book Design Wikipedia article

Peace Corps Writers

Greenleaf’s Hybrid Publishing Model

The Permanent Press

Bookkus Publishing

Bat City Review

Kenyon Review During the 2015 reading period, we will be accepting submissions from September 15th through December 15th, 2015. All submissions received during the reading period will be read. The response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within four months of receipt.

How to Make a Book with Steidl a documentary film


Writing a Synopsis of a novel for publishers

How to Write a Pitch for a Novel


Academic Publishing
Kappa Delta Pi
Undergraduate Philosophy Journals
Writing Philosophy Paper
The Dualist- Stanford U. Undergraduate Philosophy Paper
Questions-Philosophy for Young People


Three Alternatives to the Iowa Writing Workshop
Fourth Alternative to the Iowa Writing Workshop
Ten Top Online MFA Programs
Online MFA Program at UTEP
Online MFA Program at LIndenwood University
MFA Program at National U
MFA in Creative Nonfiction fully on-line
MFA Southern New Hampshire University low residency
University of Arkansas at Monticello MFA Program low residency
UCLA Online Classes
NILA Writers Workshop Residency

Whidbey Writers Online Workshop starting in 2016
The Loft Literary Center Minneapolis, Minnesota; online classes
Gotham Writers Online Classes Accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for a 10-week course and 1.8 CEUs for the 6-week Business Writing course. Check with an institution or organization to see if they recognize CEUs.
The Writer’s Workshop Online Classes
Writers Studio Online Classes
GrubStreet Online Courses
“Writespace Online Courses”:
Inprint Houston in Houston, TX
Inprint Houston About Us
Writespace Workshops in Houston, TX
Arvon classes at a retreat in England
University of Wisconsin-Madison Online


Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway


Kenyon Review Workshops
The Bread Loaf School of English
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Writer’s League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat
Clarion West
Frost Place
Converse MFA non-degree options
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Lighthouse Writers
Jackson Hole Writers Pre-Conference Workshop


Write on the Sound Washington
Jackson Hole Writers Conference Wyoming
Writing the Rockies Colorado
Op-Ed Seminars


Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press

Self-published authors react with anger to ‘laziness’ charge

Bowker’s Report-Publishing Market Shows Steady Title Growth in 2011 Fueled Largely by Self-Publishing Sector

Accessible Publishing Wikipedia article

Why Self-Publishers Should Care that Penguin bought Author Solutions


Booktango e-Books 2500 words minimum 5 MB maximum; free ISBN distribution 2-3 days for creating format files, distributing to vendors, making it available on-line at the tango bookstore, other vendors may not be interested in stocking it (so it’s “wait and see” for 4 to 6 weeks or longer.)

Smashwords e-Books; free ISBN and distribution ; author provides own book cover image, publish in languages other than English

Bookbaby e-books and book printing

Blurb POD books 20+ pages and e-books / single copy or bulk printing

Createspace 24 pages minimum, no landscape 10×8 children’s book template unless bound like a calendar; free ISBN and standard or expanded distribution $25
Images to be inserted in Word documents or uploaded to the Cover Creator may be CMYK or RGB color. Cameras, scanners and monitors are sRGB devices and mix red, blue, and green to make colors. Scanners can save images as bmp or tif file and jpg/jpeg or png image. All illustrations should be created in dimensions identical to the trim size of the intended book, scanned images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer (how?) and placed in your Word document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI (90,000 pixels?) in each square inch. (If the image created in trim size scanned and scaled at 100% is to be spread over two pages as in a custom book cover, it must have a minimum resolution of 425 DPI or 180,625 pixels? or 600DPI with 360,000 pixels??) The maximum accepted file size for the book interior is 400 MB; interior templates provided; uploaded Word documents (a .doc, .docx, or .rtf. ) are automatically converted to print-ready PDF file for print application and also for online previewing via Interior reviewer . An easy Cover Creator available after the document is uploaded and the book creation process is initiated. Also, Cover template
Tif files are edited with PhotoShop which can tell you the exact image size (W x H) but tif files are are too big (over 25MB) to send by e-mail to yourself. A better idea may be to save the images as high quality, i.e. 100% scaled, 600 DPI jpeg files after verifying that the original image is the correct dimension by scanning as tif and checking for size using PhotoShop.

Self-Publishing, Inc. illustrated children’s books; a small initial print run of 25-100 minimum 24 pages minimum print order 100 copies


LuLu / distribution / book reviews

Issuu magazines, catalogs, newspaper

PubIt e-book on the Nook

KDP e-book on Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images: JPEG , or .jpeg TIFF)

iBooks Author Must have OSX10.6.6 or later


Bouquinplus in Montreal, Canada

Espresso Book Machine between 40-800 pages

Self-Publishing Platforms Compared

Self-publishing Wikipedia article"

How to Self-Publish an e-Book CNET Review

Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published

E-Publishing the Write Way

Services for formatting e-books


How to embed copyright information in images
Guide to file formats for saving images
DPI and file formats
DPI and resolution
TIFF: Tagged Image File Format Wikipedia article
Color separations
Scanning/Differences in Photo and Graphics Images Photo images have continuous tones, meaning that adjacent pixels often have very similar colors, for example, a blue sky might have many shades of blue in it. Graphic images are normally not continuous tone (gradients are possible in graphics, but are seen less often). Graphics are drawings, not photos, and they use relatively few colors, maybe only two or three, often less than 16 colors in the entire image. In a color graphic cartoon, the entire sky will be only one shade of blue where a photo might have dozens of shades. A map for example is graphics, maybe 4 or 5 map colors plus 2 or 3 colors of text, plus blue water and white paper, often less than 16 colors overall. Scanners have three modes to create the image: color (for all color work), grayscale (like B&W photos), and lineart. Line art is a special case, only two colors (black or white, with no gray), for example clip art, fax, and of course text. Low resolution line art (like cartoons on the web) is often better as grayscale, to add anti-aliasing to hide the jaggies. JPG files are very small files for continuous tone photo images, but JPG is poor for graphics, without a high quality setting. GIF files (and other indexed color files) are good for graphics, but are poor for photos (too few colors possible). However, graphics are normally not many colors anyway. Formats like TIF and PNG can be used either way, 24-bit or indexed color – these file types have different internal modes to accommodate either type optimally.
Best Graphics File Formats for Desktop Publishing

Books with illustrations: Illustrations need to be scanned, so it’s a good idea to keep any drawings/paintings to a dimension that doesn’t exceed your scanner bed. Scan at minimum 300 DPI or at 600 DPI to get the best possible resolution when you insert it in your template for 8X10 or 10X16 (e.g. a book cover.) If the illustration is wider than the trim size and you decide to crop the image, keep in mind that the height will also shrink. You might need to take into account the outside, top, bottom and inside margins or leave an area for the text that is to accompany the illustrations. The best is to make the illustrations exactly the size as they will appear in the book, scale it at 100% and scan at 600 DPI and save as both TIFF and JPEG image, use TIFF for printing and JPEG (with less MB) for thick books with a lot of content or for e-books. PNG might also be a good choice for web publications.

Reusable Art



NYPL Digital Collections

American Memory

Kid’s Book Author Rates CreateSpace

How to Make a Storyboard by Uri Shulevitz


ISBN 101


Decoding the Secrets—What is ISBN?

Bowkerlink If you have your own ISBN, you can register as a publisher here.


DRM Wikipedia article


Google Books
Google Play
Google alerts


Shifting Landscape of Book Reviews

Literary Criticism as Service Journalism? An Interview with Sigrid Löffler

Kirkus Reviews author service

Blueink Review

The Clarion Review

San Francisco Book Review “Getting a book reviewed is getting harder and harder. Not only do you have to find and build relationships with reviewers and media outlets, but you also have to compete with the thousands of new books being released each month by major publishers – who already have those relationships with reviewers and book review publications. There are fewer outlets for professional quality and honest printed book reviews. San Francisco Book Review, Sacramento Book Review, and Portland Book Review are the only independent city book review publications in the country reviewing every genre of book. With so many books and requests, it’s possible that more than a few great books will get overlooked or lost in the shuffle.”

Book Sneeze reviews

Book Ideas Standard free book review 90 days, rapid review 15 days $149

The Indie Book Reviewers List

The Future of Book Reviews- Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers May 12, 2011 7:36 AM EDT -Top critics Morris Dickstein and Cynthia Ozick debate who are truly the book critics today (hint: Amazon reviewers) and what this means for reviewing. Jane Ciabattari reports.

Book Reviews, Book Lover Resources, Advice for Writers and Publishers—How the Book Review System Works by Jim Cox, editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review

MBR Publisher Information

American Library Association Current fiction and nonfiction titles are evaluated in galley proofs or folded-and-gathered sheets, or from finished books when no galleys are available. Both hardcover and original paperback materials are considered for review. Revised editions of previously published titles and newly published versions of titles long out of print are usually determined out of scope but may be considered based on individual merit. (Titles will not be reviewed more than six months past their publication date.) ask if this is still true

Amazon Vine Program

Librarything Early Reviewers and Member Giveaway Program

How to Handle Bad Reviews- Big Bad Book Blog

Midwest Book Review Publisher Information this comes with helpful links

How to write a book review- for librarians

Every Reader a Reviewer: The Online Book Conversation

Story Circle Book Reviews Women authors writing for women; life history, memoirs, etc.

The Rumpus Book Club An interesting way to learn how to write book reviews? $28/month plus shipping
The Rumpus- Film Section “We’re always looking for good content at The Rumpus, but we’re focused on publishing good writing. Good writing and good ideas are not always the same thing. A topic for an essay might sound horrendous but if a writer is in love with the idea enough she’ll often render something beautiful. We try to maintain high standards even though we don’t have any money and can’t pay for writing. We’re interested in seeing finished essays that intersect culture. We realize it’s a lot to ask for people to to write something without knowing if it will be published. On the other hand if you aren’t driven by the story so much that you have to write it then it’s probably not a good fit for The Rumpus. It’s OK to pitch interviews, book reviews, and film reviews, otherwise we’re really only interested in finished pieces until we get to know you.”


Publishing in Braille This seems like a strange link to post on a MUBI list but I sometimes wonder what type of film experience is appropriate for the blind and the only way they can enjoy a “filmic” experience would be to read scripts in Braille or listen to recordings of the reading of the script. Perhaps it is difficult for the blind to have a visual experience if born blind but those who could once see might enjoy having a “visual” experience through the written (tactile) or the spoken (auditory) word.

National Braille Program Children’s Braille Book Club


Podiobook free audio books for generous authors

Open Book Audio for a title that is 2-3 hours in length

Learn Out Loud

Book Mark Self-Publishing

DIY Audio Book Service $$$!

Making Your Own Audio Book Excerpts

Nook Tablet Read and Record Hmm, why couldn’t someone just record on Garage Band, then send the recording somewhere and publish an audio-book?


ACX-Audiobook Creation Exchange

eBookIt and An example of what’s out there…


Why I Don’t Do the Red Room

Create a Facebook Author Page

Join the Goodreads Author Program

Become a Librarything Author


Six Authors Tell All About Covers and Blurbs

Creating a Book Cover Using Word


How to write a press release for your book

Press Release Template

Free press Release, News Release, an opinion of a pro

Sample Book Press Release from The Open Press

12 Free Press Release Submission Sites

Google News Press Releases

Small Press Center Free Press Release

Biblioscribe Free Press Release Free Press Release Service for Authors & Publishers


Writer’s Free Classifieds


Using Scribd

Seth Godin’s advice for authors, a free book directory

Marketing Strategies

Author Marketing Club: An Interview with the Founder
Free Book Submission Tool from Author Marketing Club

Orangeberry Newbie for new books still within 30 days of publication For Kindle / Amazon books – Your book must have at least 10 ten product tags (look at the bottom of your Amazon book page) -This is not a guaranteed listing and is limited to the first 10 books that sign up.

Why Social Media Isn’t the Magic Bullet for Self-ePublished Authors

Nine Writers and Publicists Tell All About Readings and Book Tours

NPR: Under the Radar Reads by Nancy Pearl

Which Media Outlets Really Sell Books

Post a blog on Goodreads This is an example of my blog on a free e-book on promotion from 12/10/12 through 12/12/12.


Author Wikipedia article

Style Guide Analyzer from Story Mint
Writer’s Diet Test

Yarny for Writing in the Cloud
Scribophile a writing community
The Story Mint there is a free limited membership

WriterDuet from Screencraft

!3 Rules for Writing a Great Short Story “3,500 words is the short story sweet spot. It is long enough to tell a tale, but short enough that the reader doesn’t get bored.”

Creating Suspense “Remember, suspense is an emotion.”

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction
Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, AL Kennedy, Friday 19 February 2010 19.09 EST

Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin.
Diana Athill: Read it aloud to yourself because that’s the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out – they can be got right only by ear).
Margaret Atwood: Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page.
Roddy Doyle: Do not search for the book you haven’t written yet.
Helen Dunmore: Don’t worry about posterity – as Larkin (no sentimentalist) observed “What will survive of us is love”.
Geoff Dyer: Never worry about the commercial possibilities of a project. That stuff is for agents and editors to fret over – or not. Conversation with my American publisher. Me: “I’m writing a book so boring, of such limited commercial appeal, that if you publish it, it will probably cost you your job.” Publisher: “That’s exactly what makes me want to stay in my job.”
Anne Enright: The first 12 years are the worst.
Richard Ford: Try to think of others’ good luck as an encouragement to yourself.
Jonathan Franzen: The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.
Esther Freud: Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life.
Neil Gaiman: Remember when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
David Hare: If nobody will put your play on, put it on yourself.
PD James: Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more ­effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.
AL Kennedy: Read. As much as you can. As deeply and widely and nourishingly and ­irritatingly as you can. And the good things will make you remember them, so you won’t need to take notes.


Kenyon Review
Empirical Magazine $7 per page or 500 words in prose no longer than 3500 words
Toastmasters International 700 to 1800 words Acceptance of an article does not guarantee author compensation. List of topics include cross-cultural communication, speech writing, etc.
The Whirlwind Review The Whirlwind Review is presently a labor of love, operating on personal contributions, with a tiny budget and a volunteer staff.
Poetry Magazine
Avon Impulse romance e-book
Every Writer short stories submission
Poetry Publishers Willing to Receive Submissions Electronically
Hunger Mountain
Poetry Foundation


15 years old or younger? Publish your mystery here

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Submit your poem between November 1 and November 30, 2014

Young Writers Dazzle Publishers

Faulkner-Wisdom Competition Category 8- original work of fiction of less than 5,000 words essay



Wikipedia article on Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Kindle Scout Program
AWP Award Entries for the 2018 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 28, 2018.
Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest Deadline January 31, 2018

The Short Fiction Contest Writers must not have published a book of fiction at the time of submission. (We define a “published book of fiction” as a novel, novella or short story collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
Stories must be no more than 1,200 words in length. One submission per entrant. Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest. Please do not submit work that has been previously published. All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.The submissions link will be active January 1st to 31st. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
A $22 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission.

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize Entires should be 750 words or less. Stories can be on any theme.There is a fee of $25 to enter. Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 1, 2018. Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible. The story must have a title. We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium. We do not accept works in translation. Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.
Screencraft Fellowship March 1st deadline

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Competitions

Faulkner Wisdom Competition Deadline May 23, 2017. We strongly suggest that authors have their work read by disinterested third parties for purposes of correcting spelling, grammar, and typographical mistakes, prior to finalizing entries. We also strongly suggest that authors give major attention to beginnings and endings, sense of place, character development, dialogue, transitions, and most especially narrative voice, as our experience has been that these are the areas which preliminary judges focus on when selecting work to progress to final rounds.
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2018.
Writer’s Digest 85th Annual Writing Competition DEADLINE: May 4, 2018
The Woolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and submitted by the deadline. Entries must be postmarked by May 31, of the submission year. Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, “We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose.”


Narrative Prize Deadline June 15th

Writer’s Digest 18th Dear Lucky Agent Contest Thriller Mystery Suspense through September 17, 2015.
Harlequin Writing Contest Deadline September 21, 2015.
The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. September 30 postmark.


The Briar Cliff Review Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest Short story/creative nonfiction word limit is 5,000. These should be typed, and double-spaced on 8 1/2 × 11 paper. Deadline November 1st $20 entry fee per story/creative nonfiction piece or three poems.
Dear Lucky Agent Contest YA through October 29, 2015.


The Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction Submissions must be postmarked on or between October 15, 2017 and December 10, 2017.
The Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest (December 11, 2015) Manuscripts must be the original work of the contestant, unpublished (and not under consideration of being published), typed, and double-spaced on one side of 8.5-by-11-inch paper, and no longer than 2,500 words; open to Texans and non-Texans alike.
15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Deadline: December 15, 2017
We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

More Contests Authorhouse web site including Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Various Writing Contests in the UK

Writer Advice’s Page for Contests, Markets, and Submission Sites


Instant Grammar Checker

Automatic Readability Checker

Japanese Literature Publishing

NPR-How One Author Helped a Translator Steal His Book

Translations of own titles

Ten Rules for Translating This is an Arabic into English site but the advice are good for any language combination in my opinion.

Literary Translations in Esperanto

Society of Authors-Translation FAQS

Literary Agency 2 Seas-Translation e.g. English into Arabic | Catalan | Chinese | Dutch | French | German | Greek | Hebrew | Hindi | Hungarian | Italian | Japanese | Marathi | Sanskrit | Serbian | Spanish

DIY or Die

The 48-Hour Books

April is National Poetry Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month
A good way to generate the first drafts of your novel. No prizes but the perks include Scrivener (50% discount for winners- those who write 50,000 words by November 30th) and other incentives from the sponsors.

Ghostwriting Advice: What to Charge?

Texas Book Festival does not accept self-published books, books must be published within 18 months prior to the start of the Festival. The Author Selection Committee selects from more than 1,000 titles submitted each year and has found that many self-published titles, as well as those from vanity or subsidy presses, require additional professional editing and polishing that would enable them to be selected for the Festival. Preference is given to books submitted prior to June 1 in the same year as the Festival.

The Ultimate Guide To Getting Published In A Literary Magazine


Kirkus Reviews Author Services

Writer’s Digest Editing Service

Grub Street Author Services
GrubStreet Manuscript Consultation

Writespace Manuscript Consultation

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

Self-Editing for Adult Fiction

What do Editors Charge

One of Few In Us Allows Student Articles

Creative Nonfiction Pointers and Revising Tips

North Carolina Writers’ Network

Critique Services at Wisconsin U

Papercut Theatre 25 British pounds/ 3 wks

17 Percent Reading Services 30 British pounds/ 1 to 2 wks turnaround

Lou Treleaven 30 British pounds for 3000 words/ up to weeks

Susan Hodgetts 36 British pounds or $48/within 1 week include a detailed written feedback report, plus suggestions, exercises and advice on potential markets for your work

Scribendi $72/ 24 hrs to1 week in Seattle, Skype consultation $225 for 90-minutes and $30/hr. thereafter for follow-up sessions

Accidental Theatre 45 British pounds Reports range from three to eight pages long, depending on the length and complexity of the writing. You can expect your script report within one month of your submission.

London Playwrights 200 British pounds

David Johnlane

Writing Studio


A Film Writer

Screenwriters Federation Approved Consultants

Loft Manuscript Critique

Euphoric Ink

London Playwrights Nina Louise Morrison
NC Writers serves this state’s writers

Script Reader Pro
The Screenplay Workshop $90 story consultation in Austin, TX
Story Sense
Writers Online
Act One
Writing Studio
Austin Film Festival
The Script Vault
Workshop Writer

Patrick Donnelly poems

SWWJ A published playwright, a trained journalist and news editor. Enquiries, articles (3000 words max) and scripts up to 50 minutes long may be sent to Doreen at:

Umbrella Project

Lazy Bee Scripts Script Appraisal Service drama script appraisal service (up to 2 weeks)


Writers’ League of Texas Workshop Technique Class how to identify what is working within a piece and, just as important, what isn’t working and why, and how to identify the narrative structure and rhetorical strategies at work; — how to “read like a writer” — tools for better understanding the technical aspects — the nuts and bolts — of storytelling and how to apply those techniques to your own stories (not online)
Critique Circle Online writing workshop

Writing Workshop is Not Group Therapy

Workshopping Poetry


Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose a review by Emily Barton

Useful teaching texts are few. For all the wisdom in John Gardner’s “Art of Fiction,” his sallies against 1970’s experimentalism are aging poorly, and undergrads seem to dislike his curmudgeonly tone.E.M. Forster’s “Aspects of the Novel” is likewise yellowing at the edges. Classic reference books like Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” and William K. Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” are thorough sources for writers of both fiction and nonfiction, but their focus on grammar and other supposedly arcane topics makes them slow going. (Maira Kalman’s illustrations for the new edition of “The Elements of Style” at least illuminate the Strunkian demands with quirky panache.) Eudora Welty’s “One Writer’s Beginnings,” Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” and Stephen King’s “On Writing” are heartening, but perhaps because they’re so personal, the advice to be gleaned from them is scattershot.

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose a review by Brien Michael

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose a review by Louise Doughty

Naming the World interactive writing book from the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, with 65 contributions from acclaimed authors and teachers

Short Takes contributors includes well-known writers—Verlyn Klinkenborg, Jo Ann Beard, David Sedaris, Dorothy Allison, Salman Rushdie, and Terry Tempest Williams—along with Michael Perry, Mark Spragg, Jane Brox, and others whose literary stars are clearly rising. Each short—whether a few paragraphs or reaching 2,000 words, and reflecting almost every way nonfiction can be written—invites us to experience the power of the small to move, persuade, and change us

Points of View Now its contents have been updated and its cultural framework enlarged by the orginal editors. Many of the 44 stories come from a new writing generation with a contemporary consciousness, and this brilliant blending of masters of the past and the brightest talents of the present achieves the goal of making a great collection even greater.

Write Great Fiction- Plot and Structure How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course?

The New Yorker magazine Many of the articles don’t require subscription to read; a good source for both fiction and nonfiction writing. Do check out my other movie list, The New Yorker

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Writing University Podcast The Virtual Writing University (VWU) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative sponsored by the Graduate College and the Office of the Provost at the University of Iowa.

Creative Writing: A Master Class eCourse Learn from critically acclaimed and award winning authors who candidly and exclusively reveal their methods, challenges, and advice on the noble craft of creating fiction, and practice writing while analyzing the critical elements of fiction.

The Great Courses

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