Contributed by Tish Davidson, Carol Hall and Nancy Curteman
General Writing Resources
The bible for newspaper and magazine writing.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
The style bible for literary writing.
A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication edited by Susan Titus Osborn (ACW)
Digital Ink by Bonnie Hearn Hill and Christopher Poe. A concise guide to writing fiction in the digital age.
Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham. Emphasis on scene-by-scene flow, logic, and readability.
Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write by Elizabeth Lyon. Step-by-step analysis of the elements of a nonfiction proposal.
Plot by Ansen Dibell. How to avoid middle sag, rabbit holes, and weak endings.
Writing Fiction by Garry Disher. A clear introduction to the craft of writing with separate chapters on writing the short story and writing a novel.
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James-Enger (Writer’s Digest)
Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest) — for the general market
Specialized forums on almost every aspect of writing.
Creative Genius 101
Lots of posts on breaking through writing barriers and improving writing.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Links to information on mechanics, correct grammar, and usage.
Winning Writers Resources
Contains comprehensive links to resources ranging from books for writers to legal advice to writing for social change. A good place to start if looking for advice and resources.
Allows you to search through catalogs of many libraries worldwide and see which ones contain your books or your favorite authors’ books, DVDs, or music. (Alameda County Library System is not a part of this service.)
A free weekly newsletter with writing advice, q&a column, success stories. Slanted toward self-publishing.
Contest Announcements, Publications Seeking Submissions,
Fee-based site (they give a free trial) that has filterable lists of markets for fiction and nonfiction currently accepting submissions, submission tracker, and updated weekly newsletter (some access fee-based).
Freelance Writing Gigs
New Freelance writing jobs posted several times each week. Also contains a resource for writers section.
Winning Writers Newsletter
Free contests—mostly poetry and some prose.
Locus The Magazine and Website of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field https://www.locusmag.com (some access fee based)
News about the publishing industry
Resources for Screenwriters
The Screenwriter’s Bible, by David Trottier.
A great reference for formatting questions and beginning screenwriters.
Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder.
Story arc and screenplay structure used by many Hollywood screenwriters.
The Indie Producers Handbook: Creative Producing From A to Z, by Myrl A. Schreibman.
Good to figure out how a producer looks at a screenplay and how to make your story less expensive and therefore more appealing.
Anatomy of a Premise Line, by Jeff Lyons.
How to master premise and story development for writing success. Applicable to many forms of storytelling.
Download scripts to read and study.
A subscription service not to be confused with the free IMDb database. The Pro version gives you access to actors, producers, agents, managers, and others’ contact information so you can query them and also gives you your own webpage so others can find out more about you.
Writers Guild of America West Registry:
Protect your intellectual property by registering your screenplays, treatments, outlines, etc. with the Guild to show you are the creator of your story.
A database of script and film contests all around the world where you can upload and submit your screenplay to various contests.
The Canadian version of WithoutaBox. Sometimes the same contests are listed here as in WithoutaBox, but with different entry fees.
The most prestigious screenplay contest. Many winners go on to be produced. But competition is fierce.
Cinequest Film Festival:
A San Francisco Bay Area Film Festival with a screenplay contest.
Resources for Christian Writers
Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Jerry B. Jenkins
An Introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr (ACW)
Christian Creative Writers
Feb. 17-18, 2017 West Coast Christian Writers Conference
Apr. 7-11, 2017 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference
General News and Information
Christian Writing Today
Family Fiction www.familyfiction.com/news
Genre Specific Books
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Police Procedure & Investigation by Lee Lofland.
Written specifically for writers by a former police detective, this book covers everything from police training to the death penalty.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. A classic.
Notes to a Science Fiction Writer by Ben Bova. Tips on what sells.
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Gardner, Dozoiz et al. Essays by the editors of various science fiction magazines.
Most of these organizations have some information available to the public but require membership dues to have complete access to the resources on the site.
Children’s Books: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
Redbud Writer’s Guild
Inspire Christian Writers
www.inspirewriters.com (Bay Area)
Bay Area Writers Group (510) 565-0619
Creative Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction Foundation
National Association of Memoir Writers
Poetry: Poetry Foundation
Poetry Society of America
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction Poetry: Science Fiction Poetry Association
Useful Blog Posts on Writing From Nancy Curteman
Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
Querying a Fiction Book
E-book vs. print book
What can I expect if I hire a developmental editor
What are effective ways to publicize your book