For Writers


Jane Yolen's advice on writing.

Terri Windling's Blog is probably my favorite place to wander online.

Kameron Hurley's piece on Writing and Persistence.

Effie Waller Smith's poem entitled "Preparation".

Writing Resources

Life Cycle of a Book Video by Adam Gidwitz. This video is very helpful for new writers looking to understand how publishing happens.

Literary Magazines listings, links, descriptions, and reviews. They also have a page for publishers!

Literary Rambles is a site that interviews and profiles agents. Very helpful when trying to craft individual queries.  It also lists and links to dozens of other writer resource cites.

Nathan Bransford is a a writer, ex literary agent, and all around guru when it comes to publishing. His site is SO helpful.

The Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators ( SCBWI) is a fountain of information and resources.

Poets & Writers is an enormous site for creative writers. I've barely scratched the surface here.

Writer Beware is a site devoted solely to busting scams that target writers.

Query Tracker is an excellent *free* database of publishers and agents. I was so disappointed in myself when I found this site after 6 months of researching on my own. Wish I had known about it all along!

Local PNW Writing Resources

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas - (formerly 826 Seattle) Super cool writing center for youth. If you are young and love to write or want to write... this is your hook-up! I used to volunteer here.

Clarion West - A nationally recognized, 6 week, intensive writing workshop for speculative fiction. They also offer one day workshops and a variety of readings throughout the year.

Pacific Northwest Writers Organization - PNWA is a fantastic resource for writers who are looking to connect with industry professionals and learn more about their craft and the business of writing. Their yearly literary contest and conference are both excellent opportunities for new writers to network. Again, I'm a proud member and was a finalist in the middle grade category 2013 and 2016.

Richard Hugo House - I've been to a few events here and am impressed by their mission and community. Hoping to get more involved with them over time.

SCBWI Western Washington - The Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators has a local chapter that hosts a number of small events and a phenomenal conference in the spring. I look forward to it every year because I know I will leave inspired. I'm a proud member of this wonderful and lively organization.

Sirens - Can't say enough about this community, though it is no longer based in the PNW.

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