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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.  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.
Reference Materials

    "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)



There are numerous online discussion groups for writers. Go to for a list of some of them.  Yahoo, Google
and LinkedIn also have many different online discussion groups for writers.


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
    Memoir Writing
    Travel Writing
    Screenwriting: The First Draft
    Writing the Personal Essay
    Literary Nonfiction

Here is the link 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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