Writers often need the support of other writers and organizations. I am a member of The Adirondack Center for Writing, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Writers and Editors, International Women's Writing Guild, and have pages on Facebook, MySpace, Author's Den, LinkedIn, Etsy, JacketFlap ( and probably some other places I registered on in the middle of the night on some wild and crazy impulse. I've found useful written material on the websites of all of these organizations (and more), as well as Poets and Writers, Inc. Email me with your favorite resources, if they aren't listed below.
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This section of my web site is--and will remain--a work in progress. Feel free to contact me with ideas for additions. The list will feature:

  • Events for writers and readers - may include contests from time to time
  • Print resources for writers - to help emerging authors hone their craft
  • Writers and program presenters
  • Organizations and Services for writers

    July 26-31, 2009
    Pyramid Life Center, The Women's Writing Retreat, Paradox, NY
    Spend your mornings attending workshops in journal writing, fiction, storytelling, poetry, travel writing and creative non-fiction.
    Spend your afternoons hiking, contemplating, writing, boating, swimming, reading and relating.
    Spend evenings listening to published writers read from their works or hearing workshop participants share their writings.
    Register online at For additional information, contact Mimi at or the PLC registrar.

    August 20-23, 2009
    Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, August 20-23, 2009, Thurman, NY
    A four-day creative writing workshop with writer and teacher Irene Sherlock at the remote and rustic Beaver Meadow Lodge in Thurman. Bring your work of fiction, memoir, personal essay. Details at Questions:

    November 12 - 15, 2009
    The St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat and Apalachicola Writers' Workshop Day and Authors' Night
    Work with acclaimed YA author Adrian Fogelin and jumpstart your works of fiction or memoir. Apalachicola workshops available a la carte. Retreat includes the workshops. Details at


    March 29, 2009
    WRITERSGALLERY "Write Today's Novel" Writers' Conference (hands-on workshop) to be held March 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Pace Florida, hosted by the Panhandle Writers' Group. Workshop taught by Myra Shofner, teacher/author/editor. Visit to apply and pay online. Question? Contact Myra at

    The Alabama Book Festival April 18, 2009
    On Saturday, April 18, more than fifty fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, artists, illustrators, playwrights, and children's writers will converge on the grounds of Old Alabama Town for the fourth annual Alabama Book Festival (ABF). The state-wide literary event will kick off readings and activities at 10 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. The event is free and open to all. This year's festival will include readings and signings by Harper Lee Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, Alabama's beloved Kathryn Tucker Windham, acclaimed photographer Beth Maynor Young, and chef Frank Stitt. A dedicated children's area will feature Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne, among others. Learn more:

    Montevallo Literary Festival

    Alabama Writers Symposium
    12th Annual Alabama Writers Symposium April 30-May 2, 2009

    The 12th Annual Writers Symposium is just around the corner with an incredible lineup of authors appearing April 30 - May 2 in Monroeville, Alabama. Registration is open through Friday, April 17 so call us today at (251) 575-8223 to save your seat! We are proud to present Rick Bragg, Tim Dorsey, Carolyn Haines, Frank Turner Hollon and Allison Moorer. Also, Friday, May 1 features NINE amazing authors and poets. You won't want to miss a single session of our star-studded schedule!

    For a brochure detailing this year's event please click here. It's no mystery that the Alabama Writers Symposium is the premier celebration of Alabama writers for those who love to read. Click here for more information:'678'&ToggleSideNav=   ~ Dr. Melinda Byrd-Murphy

    Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference 2009
    Held at Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons
    Island, Georgia

    Scribblers' Retreat is not the typical classroom setting. It was designed to bring world-class authors, literature professors, editors, journalists, and publishers one-on-one with those who are hungry for the power of the written word. It is the opportunity of a lifetime for someone who has had a manuscript in a desk drawer for 40 years or who has an outstanding poem that simply must be read.

    February 12-15, 2009 - History Fiction/Non-Fiction/Romance
    May 14-17, 2009 "How To."
    August 13-16, 2009 "SciFi, Fantasy, Mystery, Inspirational- This World and Beyond"
    November 12-15, 2009 "Novels, Short Stories, Etc."

    November 12-15, 2009

    St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat with Adrian Fogelin, Tentatively set for November 12-15, 2009.
    For Writers with a work in progres
    s. Memories of 2007 Retreat . Questions:

    Kerouac Writers Weekends:
    Immerse yourself in the world of one of America's most original and iconic writers. For more information, call 407-312-3591 or go to:
    - February 29-March 2, 2008
    - May 30-June 1, 2, 2008


Read about Elizabeth Lyon's new book, "Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore", which joins "The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit" and "A Writers' Guide to Fiction." and other works. Click here for more information and links to her web site. Or go directly to her sites, and

Organizations and Great Websites

Adirondack Center for Writing
This is a great organization for networking and workshop opportunities.
Visit ACW online at


According to the web site, THE ALABAMA WRITERS' FORUM promotes and facilitates the practice of literary arts through its services to writers and the general public. With individual and corporate associates statewide, the Forum represents the diverse voices of today's writing talent.
Writers will enjoy visiting the site to read book reviews, learn about activities and events for writers, obtain information about submissions being sought for publications and contests. Check it out, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

Emerald Coast Writers
The Emerald Coast Writers will host a September 8th day-long Novel Writing Workshop at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort at Fort Walton Beach. Says our contact, "At $85 it's a steal for the bestselling authors, and three editors from Medallion Publishing who are listening to pitches and reading novel excerpts. Also, breakfast and lunch are free!" Read more, download the brochure and registration form at
Check this site periodically to see what is next on the Emerald Coast Writers agenda.

International Women's Writing Guild
From the Guild's Web site: The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement in the publishing world, as well as in circles where lifelong learning and personal transformation are valued for their own sake. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic of the heart--the ability to perceive the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions- alongside conventional logic.

The International Women's Writing Guild
P.O. Box 810, Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028-0082
Tel: (212)737-7536/Fax:(212)737-9469
See the many benefits of membership.

Myra Shofner's WritersGallery E-zine Magazine
Myra Shofner is a teacher, author, publisher, editor, ghost writer and seminar leader.
Teacher/18 years: English, Drama, Speech, Creative Writing
Author: Numerous Articles & Stories, Plays, Cur
riculum, Columnist, Novels, Children's Books, and Biblical Studies
Publisher: Short & Sassy, Everytime We Kiss, With My Little Eye, A Little Book About a Lot of Grace, Naboth's Vineyard, The Mystery at Crescent Lake, Women in the Bible...
Editor: Youth Magazines, Newspapers, Novels; See our Editorial Services Page to find out more about we offer.
Read how WritersGallery can help you at:

Poets & Writers, Inc.
Their Web site,, says...
"Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles."
Visit the site to read about grants, see their database,access a message forum and so much more.

Pyramid Publishing
Pyramid Publishing Inc. is a publishing service that assists authors with the self-publishing of their work. They provide the following services: editing, typesetting, graphic design, printing, illustrations, photographs, promotional materials, ISBN numbers, barcodes, and more. Pyramid Publishing Inc. is owned and operated by Zach Steffen, General Manager of North Country Books; Paul Dischiavo, freelance writer and editor; and Rob Igoe Jr., President of North Country Books.

The Society of Southwestern Authors
The Society of Southwestern Authors
is a nonprofit association of writers, and other publishing professionals, founded in 1972. Its objective is to conduct a program of activities designed to:
- Promote mutually supportive friendship among writers.
- Provide recognition of members' achievements.
- Encourage and assist persons seeking to become published writers.
Visit them at

Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc.
Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc., has as its mission the promotion of literary arts by providing opportunities for members and the community at large to enhance individual literary skills and appreciation through a broad spectrum of learning experiences. Visit the TMWI website to learn more and read about upcoming events.

The Writing Nanny
Visit Valerie W. Stasik at her website,, or contact her at (505) 603-5280 or to learn how she, in her words, can can "transform knotty manuscripts into ones of a proper sort." This is a writing services business offering editing, proofreading, rewriting, manuscript typing, and some limited writing services.

Writers and Editors
Whether you choose to join or not, this is an interesting site. From the web site we learn that "the Cassell Network of Writers (CNW) has been linking professional writers and editors with those who need content and editorial services since 1982," so "can give you old-fashioned personal attention … whether you're an editor, a creative director, a business owner or professional, or an individual needing help with your memoirs. And if you're a freelance writer or editor, our Network offers you the latest market information, marketing tips, business-building strategies, and valuable networking help."
Dana Cassell has lots of good advice. Read about their writing contest - Deadline March 15 annually.

Writer's Relief, Inc. -- Writer's Relief, Inc. Author's Submission Service--Since 1994, this highly recommended service has been successfully helping writers find the best markets for their work. Writer's Relief also offers a FREE e-mail monthly newsflash with valuable information for all writers. (866) 405-3003 or
If you love to write, but hate the business of writing, Writer's Relief can help.