WRITING & CREATIVITY RESOURCES

The following is a foundational list of creative resources to help support your writing life.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Flatiron Writers Room - workshops, retreats, readings, resources, co-working

North Carolina Writers Network (NCWN) - meet-ups, conferences, online resources and directory

Great Smokies Writing Program - classes through UNC-Asheville

Warren Wilson College MFA - public lectures during their residencies, see online for schedule

Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville - a hub for Wordfest and other literary readings and events

Why There Are Words/Asheville - Asheville chapter of award-winning national literary reading series

NC Writers Network/Asheville Writers - local chapter of NCWN; monthly meetings/open mics

Asheville/WNC Writers Coffee House - a Facebook group and monthly meeting

Meetup - an online resource to find local WRITING-RELATED MEETUP groups; join for free, then click on “writing” in the search window

Eventbrite - an online resource to find writing workshops and events

Asheville NaNoWriMo - local writing group that provides support in November during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Asheville Writers - a meetup for freelance writers created by Tara Lynne Groth

Asheville Area Arts Council & NC Arts Council - artist grants and programming

Malaprop’s Bookstore - Asheville’s downtown indie bookstore, hosting daily readings by nationally-known and local authors  

Firestorm Bookstore Co-Op - collectively owned radical bookstore and event space in West Asheville

ONLINE RESOURCES

Duotrope - a way to track online literary journal submissions, see lit mag acceptance rates and more

Submittable - a way to track your online literary journal submissions

PW.org - Poets and Writers website with resources, news, jobs, magazine and more

Jane Friedman - online personal brand website with a great blog, resources, books and more

Funds For Writers - a comprehensive resource for contests, grants, jobs, etc.

Newpages - guide to literary magazines, calls for submissions

Facebook Groups - just type in the word “writing” or “writer” and you’ll find a ton of groups!

Writers Digest - blog, online workshops, directories, events, magazine and more

Writers Helping Writers - a one-stop resource with a ton of materials

The Write Life - Exactly how it sounds

Writers Relief - another comprehensive website with a lot of useful information and updates

She Writes - one of the more centralized support hubs for female-identifying writers online

The Aerogramme - online blog-style announcements for residencies, funding, contests, etc.

Prezi and LUCIDCHART- mind-mapping/DIAGRAMMING software

Writer’s Confessions - YouTube channel with webisodes of well-known writers talking about process

Publisher’s Marketplace - paid subscription to track agent contact info and deals. Worth the subscription, even just for a few months, when you’re actively looking for an agent


CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

There are hundreds of options out there - these are just a few to get you started…

OVERVIEW

AWP Directory (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) comprehensive directory of conferences and residencies

Summer Workshopping Conferences

Sewanee Writers Conference

Tin House Summer Workshop

Breadloaf Writers Conference

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshop

Nearby Retreats & Residencies

Hambidge Creative Residency Program

lillian E. Smith center Artist residency program

Weymouth Center for the Arts

Wild Acres Residency Program

VCCA

INTERNATIONAL

WRITEAWAYS

Networking/Pitch Conferences

AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair

Muse & the Marketplace

Historical Writers of America Annual Conference

Writers Digest Annual Conference - $25 FWR discount

PODCASTS

Writers on Writing

The Lit Up Show

I Should Be Writing

The Longform Podcast

The Well-Storied Podcast

The Creative Penn

Story A Day

Reading and Writing Podcast

First Draft

Ann Kroeker: Writing Coach

STORY GRID

EDITORS, WRITING COACHES, OTHER WRITER SERVICES

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BOOKS - craft books we like...

Stephen King, On Writing

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Strunk & White, The Elements of Style

Benjamin Dreyer: Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

David Madden, Revising Fiction

Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream

James Scott Bell, Plot & Structure

Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer

John Dufresne, The Lie That Tells The Truth

Alice LaPlante, The Making of a Story

Jane Smiley, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

Susan L. Tiberghien, One Year to a Writing Life

Josip Novakovich, Fiction Writer’s Workshop

Chris Roerden, Don’t Murder Your Mystery

Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb, Your First Novel

Nancy Ellen Dodd, The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages

Roy Peter Clark, Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces

Peggy Tabor-Millin, Women, Writing and Soul-Making: Creativity and the Sacred Feminine

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft For Young Writers

Stanley Fish, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

Ursula K. LeGuin, Steering The Craft

Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

Julia Cameron, The Right to Write

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones

Margot Livesey, The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing

William Wallace Cook, Plotto: The Master of all Book Plots