Resources for Writers

General Sites of Interest

Absolute Writer Water Cooler
This is the forum for writers that I belong to. The writers on this forum are extremely friendly and helpful. There's tons of information for any level of writer, and the best part is the commraderie, support, and loyalty you will receive as a member! Come join us!
Looking for names for your characters? On this site you can find age appropriate names, names by meaning, ethnic background and even tips on picking science fiction names.

The Dark Salon
Alexandra Sokoloff's Blog. This is one of the best sources for information on story structure. Alexandra discusses screenwriting for novelists. Fantastic site.

Bitten by Books
The focus of the Bitten by Books website is to provide book reviews for all types of paranormal fiction, urban fantasy and horror.
Agent Query offers the largest, most current searchable database of literary agents on the web, a treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents seeking writers just like you. And it's free (not because there's a catch, but simply because not enough things in this world are free).

Writer Beware
Warnings About Literary Fraud and the Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Writers of the Future
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future


Adventures in ScFi Publishing
Shaun Farrell started AISFP because he loves science fiction and fantasy and he wanted to talk about it with others. He has since passed on the podcast to others to continue, if you go back into some of the archives you'll hear me doing interviews and introductions!

Writing Excuses
This is one of my favourite podcasts. "15 minutes long because you're in a hurry and we're not that smart." How can you not love these guys? Tune in to hear authors Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal and Howard Tayler dish out the best writing advice covering all aspects of the biz.

The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
One of Tee Morris' many podcasts. This is a writers' podcast, but it is not about the craft of writing. This is strictly business: self-promotion, marketing, and the aspects of a writing career that you may (or may not) consider.

I Should Be Writing
The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers, by a now Campbell award winning fiction author!

Michael A Stackpole
The Secrets Podcast as well as tons of audio and printed works!

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Conventions and Conferences

Before attending your next convention, be sure to read Diana Rowland's blog article How to Network at Conventions

Creative Ink Festival
This is the best little literary festival in British Columbia, and I can say that because I am the Chair!  We're a small, friendly event for writers and readers, where professional and amateur writers can mingle with readers and each other. Work on your writing craft, meet great authors, get feedback on your work, network, socialize and recharge your writing and discover new books to read! Check it all out here:

World Fantasy Convention
This is my favourite convention. This site will link you to past events as well as the upcoming event. This is a professional convention, a must for any aspiring speculative fiction writers!

From the site: The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The number of Attending memberships are limited (to 850), and usually sell out in advance of the start of the convention.

World Horror Convention
The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider's networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Surrey International Writers Conference
The Surrey International Writers' Conference has been called the best writers' conference in North American by presenters and participants alike.

Comic Con
Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

World Science Fiction Convention

This is Vancouver's Science Fiction,Fantasy, and Gaming Convention. It's a fan run convention with writing panels, art show, dealer's room and lots of events for the entire family. It was the first convention I ever attended and I loved it.

The Northwest's Premiere Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention Norwescon is one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.

Portland Oregon's premier science fiction convention


is an online writing workshop. I belonged to this site before I found a local workshop. It works on a critique-to-be-critiqued basis, all free, and it can be great for getting feedback as well as learning as you review other writers' works.

Manuscript Workshop
This workshop is led by author Eileen Kerngaghan and is my current "home". Eileen is an experienced fantasy author and lends her advice and feedback in a supportive group workshop.

Clarion Writer's Workshop
Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Viable Paradise
Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in post-workshop professional sales by our alumni.

Tips from the Pros

This is an ongoing project, so please come back to view the latest updates!

On Writing Advice by Skyla Dawn

Great blog post about writing advice. Skyla says there is a "multitude [of] advice out there. Everyone has some and they REALLY want to dish it out. And often they seem like they know wtf they're talking about.

And the simple truth is that every writer out there is hungry for The Secret. The handshake, the password, the golden ticket, that ONE thing that's going to get them in the door and published."

Read what else Sklya has to say here.