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RESOURCES for WRITERS

 

The Write Room is always searching for ways to support our writing community.  In that effort, I have added a new page, Resources for Writers.  I have personally visited each of these Websites and found their information and resources useful to the writing community.  If you know of other Websites particularly helpful to writers please let us know.  We will be happy to post the link.  Tell us what you like about the site.  Have you used it?  Is it your organization’s site?  Send your links in the body of an email to thewriteroom@live.com and put the word “Link” in the subject line.

Thank you,
Joellen Kubiak-Woodall
Editor

FUNDING FOR WRITERS:
 

Grants, scholarships, fellowships contests, awards, competitions and emergency funds

Authors League Fund — Emergency Funds
http://www.authorsleaguefund.org
The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects.  (It should be kept in mind that many of the Fund’s resources come from other professional writers, agents, and publishers). 

Big Fat Prize http://www.bigfatprize.com/
Contests, Competitions, Cash Prizes, Awards, Championships & Trophies for All Skills and Talent

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards in Media Communications
http://scholarships.fatomei.com/communications.html
A compilation of resources that covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing.

First Writer.com http://www.firstwriter.com/
Includes sections on writing competitions

Funds for Writers
http://www.fundsforwriters.com
Funding sources for writers specializing in grants and competitions

PEN American Center
http://www.pen.org/
A membership association of prominent literary writers and editors, the PEN American Web site offers many useful resources for grants, awards and other creative writing competitions.

PEN American Center Writer’s Fund
http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/251
The PEN Writers Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers with serious financial difficulties.

Poets and Writers Magazine
http://www.pw.org/mag/
Each bimonthly issue contains an extensive list of grants and awards, deadlines, and state grants of potential interest to writers and poets. Poets & Writers Magazine announces state and national prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Because of space limitations, we list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards.

Poets and Writers Online
http://www.pw.org/links_pages/Grants_and_Awards
Grants and Awards

United States Artists (USA) Fellowships
http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/Public/GrantsProgram/index.cfm
United States Artists (USA) exists to nurture, support, and strengthen the work of America’s finest living artists. Through this program, we support a diverse array of visual, literary, performing, design, media, and crafts and traditional artists.

Winning Writers
http://www.winningwriters.com/index.php
Winning Writers finds and creates resources for poets and writers. Get access to detailed profiles of over 150 quality free poetry contests when subscribing to their free newsletter.

WritersDigest.com
http://www.writersdigest.com/
Visit our writing contests and competitions page

Writers’ Contests
http://www.freelancewriting.com/writingcontests.php
A compilation of web sites provided by FreelanceWriting.com

Writing Contests
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml
Courtesy of Writing-World.Com

Writing Contests and Grants
http://www.smartwriters.com/index.2ts?page=contests
A compilation of links by Smartwriters.com

KNOWLEDGE TOOLS/ RESOURCES AND REFERENCE

Everyone Who’s Anyone
 
http://everyonewhosanyone.com
Names, addresses, emails, phone numbers and websites of all the significant agents, publishers and editors in the UK, USA and Canada

Excite – Writer’s Resources
http://www.excite.co.uk/directory/Arts/Writers_Resources 

FictionAddiction
 
http://www.fictionaddiction.net
(A useful site for those interested in the American market, includes tutorials and workshops, articles, short stories, agent listings, publishers and competitions)

First Writer.com
 
http://www.firstwriter.com/
site aims to provide you with all the information you need as you progress in your writing career.  

How to Do Things.Com
 
http://www.howtodothings.com/
check the section of the site devoted to writing which includes how to write movie reviews, press releases, and spec scripts

Ideas4Writers
ideas4writers.co.uk
Hundreds of great ideas to inspire and improve your writing…and much more; a fantastic resource for all writers.

Knowledge Hound Writing Tips
http://knowledgehound.com/topics/writing.htm
links to writing tips and how-to articles

The Open Directory Project – Writer’s Resources
http://dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/
need to research a subject

Reference.com
http://www.reference.com/

The Writer Gazette
http://www.writergazette.com/links.shtml
Hints, tips and articles on writing, and plenty of links to writers’ resources on the Internet

Writer’s Market UK
http://www.writersmarket.co.uk
The new, most comprehensive resource for all writers. 976 pages of advice, articles and contacts, ranging from UK and Irish book publishers, magazines, agents and newspapers to production companies, writer’s groups, theatres and festivals

 SCREENWRITING AND PLAYWRITING RESOURCES

Drew’s Script-o-rama http://www.script-o-rama.com
Free movie scripts to view/download – shows how to write and format screenplays

Playwriting 101 http://www.playwriting101.com
A complete beginner’s guide to playwriting, including types of plays, story structure & development, format & layout, musicals, character names, dialogue, lyrics & stage directions, transitions, submissions

Wordplay http://www.wordplayer.com
A comprehensive website for screenwriters including articles, screenwriting tips, insider information, forums and more

WRITING COMMUNITIES

Cheeky Maggot Productions
 
http://www.cheekymaggot.co.uk/
Cheeky Maggot is the U.K. based brainchild of RADA trained actress Amber Agar, in support of her strongly held belief that the production of new writing comes through open collaboration in an ego-less environment.

Write Buzz
http://www.writebuzz.com/index.asp
Enables amateur and professional writers to publish and promote their writing, and to provide an exclusive resource for readers.

Writing .com
http://www.writing.com/
An online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels. 746,660 members and 1,515,839 literary items created since inception, Free memberships are available to everyone. Each membership includes an online writing portfolio, numerous writing tools, email services.

EMPLOYMENT AND MEDIA NEWS

BBC Writer’s Room
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/
BBC writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers for a changing Britain. When we find them, we do everything we can to get their voice heard and their work produced for BBC film, TV and radio – for drama, comedy, and children’s programmes. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then BBC writersroom wants to know about you

 Media UK
http://www.mediauk.com/
Websites, addresses, telephone numbers, email and more for all areas of the online media

National Writers Union
http://www.nwu.org/
The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.NWU is the trade union for freelance writers of all genres who work for American publishers or employers. The site offers a useful job hotline as well as information about how to file grievances, internships, apply for funding, and obtain union documents.