Creative Writing CW: Creative Writing Information Sources

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News about what's going on in the creative writing world


Organizations involved in Creative Writing

  • AAP: Academy of American Poets; extensive Web site on poetry, including essays, biographies, text of poems, RealAudio of poems; find local poetry resources on the National Poetry Map and calendar; information about the Academy and its programs
  • AWP: Associated Writing Programs; aims to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing; extensive listings of writer's programs, conferences
  • NWA: National Writer's Association; community of writers
  • PSA: Poetry Society of America; community of poets; chapbook contest, awards, events, Poetry in Motion
  • NPF: National Poetry Foundation; publisher of books and journals
  • NPA: National Poetry Association; information and news about poetry
  • P&W: Poets & Writers; resources for creative writers; Poets & Writer's Magazine, directory of writers, and forum
  • WGA: Writers Guild of America; represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries;
  • CLMP: Council of Literary Magazines and Presses; serves independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and prose with news, grants, online services, advocacy, technical assistance, and publications


Areas of interest to creative writers

  • Conferences: Guide to Writers Conferences and Workshops; online, searchable directory of upcoming writers conferences and workshops worldwide
  • Online community for writers and readers; covers all ages and interests; place to store and display writing online; readers can search for stories
  • Coffeehouse: Online writer's community
  • Online books: Directory of online works; access to books that are freely readable over the Internet; includes works of fiction and non-fiction; founded and edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Random ideas: A tool for writer's block; an innovative online form that you can fill out
  • Poetry Daily: A new poem every day
  • Knopf Poetry Ctr: Online poetry; features works published by this famous publisher of poetry


Buy books related to Creative writing

  • Mags & Presses: The International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses; this directory identifies outlets for publishing poetry; I used this many years for submitting poems to small magazines; if you want to publish, get the latest edition of this book
  • Writing Poems: Writing Poems, Sixth Edition, by Robert Wallace; excellent introduction to poetry; when I took an undergraduate course in poetry writing, I used this textbook; I also used it when I taught a creative writing class
  • Poetics Encyclopedia: The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics; Edited by Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan; a massive enclopedia, covering poetry history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology; everything true and beautiful about poetry; all you need to know
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Access resource collections related to Creative Writing

  • Writer's Center: a list of resources for writers; includes articles, links, resume listings, references available to writers, editors, publishers, literary organizations, employers, and others; part of The Writer's Center, Maryland's Literary Resource Center
  • Write Brain: Software, books, links; for novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, playwrights
  • Writing resources, news and discussion; for authors, writers, editors, publishers and agents
  • PSA Links: Poetry Society of America links; resource collection from the PSA
  • Poetry Super Highway: Directory of poetry resources; provides a wide range of links, feature poets; edited by Rick Lupert
  • EPC: Electronic Poetry Ctr; a gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics at the University at Buffalo and on the Web at large


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