Saturday Writers is a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, based out of St. Peters, Mo. Sandwich Lady is one of the original founding members of the chapter. The six of us met through this organization. This is why, if you are an aspiring writers, we all highly recommend finding a writing group filled with other people who will support and encourage you on your writing journey.
The Missouri Writers Guild was founded in 1915 and has held an annual conference for writers nearly every year since then. Each Lit Lady, with the exception of Little Lady who is not quite old enough, has served as a volunteer or board member for the Missouri Writers’ Guild.
Women On Writing is an online community, with an e-zine, for women who write. It offers regular articles on writing, online workshop classes, free newsletters, connections with other writing related resources, a daily blog, blog tours, and a job board that highlights freelance writing gigs. Sandwich Lady serves as a WOW! editor, blogger, and instructor.
The Center for Writing Excellence is run by Janie Sullivan, and she has created an excellent resource full of FREE opportunities for writers. She has contests, blog posts, in-person workshops, publication opportunities, articles, and more. To check out everything the Center for Writing Excellence offers, go to the link above.
If you are a children’s/YA writer and/or an illustrator, you should consider joining SCBWI. It is the best professional organization for children’s writers and illustrators. They have two national conferences a year, as well as several regional and local workshops for your area. Their online resources for members only will help you meet your publication goals. Check them out today!
November is National Novel Writing Month so what does that mean??? 50,000 words and very little sleep! This event hosted by the Office of Letters and Light is an annual contest to see if you can write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days! You can use the forums on the website to get advice from other writers and find writers in your region to connect and network with. This is a great way to get the creative juice flowing and pound out the dreaded first draft of a novel all in one whirl-wind of a month. The forums stay active all year, so the fun doesn’t have to end on December 1st.
This is a magazine both online and print that relies on its content exclusively from teen writers! With chances to get
articles published both online and in the print magazine and with rights to the submissions remaining with the author; Teen Ink is a great place to submit work. The website contains forums to help you connect to other teen writers and critique others’ work. Not limited to written articles, Teen Ink also accepts works in the area of art, photography, and video. Little Lady is an active member in the Teen Ink online community.
A software that has both a free online version and a desktop version available for purchase, this program helps you get the words on paper. A software that forces you to write quickly based on user-controlled settings, your computer will give you consequences when you don’t reach word count goals. This program gives you plenty of motivation,whether you’re trying to write a novel, an article, or a paper for school.
For those looking to earn money from their writing through contests, freelance opportunities, or publishing contracts; C. Hope Clark has two free bi-weekly newsletters chalked-full of opportunities for writers, both adult and teenaged. Busy Lady was able to find her current publisher through the Funds for Writers newsletter!