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There are numerous reference materials available to assist with your writing. Here are just a few of them.
For a list of writers trade associations, go to www.writersandeditors.
Writer’s Digest offers frequent webinars for writers at a reasonable cost. Contact them at http://www.
writersdigestshop.com/browse-by-product/seminars. You'll find tons more--just look on the Internet.
There is no shortage of articles on the Internet on every aspect of writing imaginable. Enter your keywords
into any search engine, and you’ll have more advice than you know what to do with.
"Creating Unforgettable Characters" by Linda Seger
"Novelist’s Essential Guide to Creating Plot" by J. Madison Davis
"Story Structure Architect" by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
"20 Master Plots" by Ronald B. Tobias
"The Writer’s Little Helper" by James V. Smith, Jr.
"Writing Fiction, A Guide to Narrative Craft" by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French
"Manuscript Makeover" by Elizabeth Lyon
"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss (a humorous, yet helpful, tribute to punctuation)
ONLINE DISCUSSION GROUPS
There are numerous online discussion groups for writers. Go to www.thewriterssite.com for a list of some of them. Yahoo, Google
and LinkedIn also have many different online discussion groups for writers.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Check with your local college or university to see what they offer. Where I live, The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and
Professional Studies at the University of Chicago offers the following classes:
Basic Creative Writing
Fiction Writing Essentials
Intermediate Fiction Writing: Developing Your Story
Writing the Novel: Building Scenes
Writing the Novel: Connecting Through Characters
Writing the Novel: Finding Voice(s)
Strong Story Starts: How to Leap Out of the Slush Pile
Writing Novels for Children and Young Adults
Poetry Workshop: Writing from the Outside
Screenwriting: The First Draft
Writing the Personal Essay
Here is the link http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/courses/writing-and-communication/ to Australian-based Open Colleges for on-line
courses in writing, editing, and media-related training for aspiring authors, editors and journalists.
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