Author Magazine – Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Author is a subscription-based online magazine from pnwa.org dedicated to writing and publishing and the creative process in general. Every month there are interviews with best-selling and first-time authors, book reviews, and blog posts. authormagazine.org
Blood-Red Pencil (A blog for writers)
"We’re a group of editors and writers, so you know we’ll have lots to say. Our hope is that you will have lots of questions, comments, and suggestions for us. Our goal is to help writers by blogging about what we know best – editing.” bloodredpencil.blogspot.com
The Boynton Blog
Daily posts on poetry (for poets and non-). Community creativity from Whatcom County, Washington…and beyond. A 12-month calendar of literary/poetry events in the Cascadia region. And more. Check it out here.
"Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.” There is a free digest that offers the week’s best articles across art, science, design, and history, as well as short highlights from other notable reads. brainpickings.org
Build Your Own Blog
Building your own blog doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Simple, easy-to-follow steps are outlined in Matthew Kaboomis Loomis' blog, Build Your Own Blog. "In just a few hours, you can start using a functional, quality blog that gets results for your business or whatever your blogging goals may be."
Electric SpeedElectric Speed is a special e-newsletter sent out 2-3 times per month by industry insider Jane Friedman. It focuses on digital media tools and resources. Friedman also runs a website to help authors and publishers make smart decisions in the digital age. Her website includes a blog, The Hot Sheet (the industry newsletter for authors), online classes, and other resources for writers.
826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826seattle.org
100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers
This list is a celebration of reading and writing for both academic and general audiences. Categories cover Literary Magazines, Book Reviews, Criticism, Book Club Blogs, and more.
Grub Street, Boston
Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the US and provides an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers who together create their best work, find audience, and elevate the literary arts for all. They offer a vast number of classes and services for writers at all stages of development. Lots of interesting interviews and replays for those of us who cant' make it to Boston for classes. grubstreet.org
In August 1988, Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island opened to its first session of writers. Over time, more than 1500 writers have lived and worked in Hedgebrook’s cottages, generating thousands of novels, poems, plays, screenplays, memoirs, works of non-fiction. Literally millions of people have experienced the work that has been generated in these cottages. The Farmhouse library is full of their books, and every new release is promoted to this community of avid readers. The care and nurturing writers receive in residence enables a woman writer to go to the places she needs to go, however dark or challenging, to tell her story. The impact of this gift is manifold: everyone who encounters this writer and her work is a recipient of her experience—of being recognized and valued for her work.
In the Hedgebrook blog, women writers speak out on their experiences at Hedgebrook, and about authoring change, worldwide travelling, and writing. This is a rich site for all aspiring authors! Check it out here.
Pikes Peak Writers
Though Pikes Peak Writers is miles away from our island (in Colorado), we feel an affinity with this all-volunteer collective that began with a conference and has blossomed into much more. pikespeakwriters.com
SAL Blog is LIVE!We are proud to launch a new Seattle Arts & Lectures blog entitled Sonder. After much title deliberation – no easy task in a group of people passionate about words – we learned that "sonder" is quite a complex word open to many slightly different and compelling definitions. In Afrikkans, it means "without,” in French, it is "to probe,” and in Swedish (as "sönder”), it translates to "asunder.” These disparate uses – and the different stories where the word could appear, around the world – sounded fitting for its English meaning, as "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”
To us, "sonder” became a wall of windows into different perspectives. Or, the place to connect the dots between them, as we do when we find a constellation’s alignment. One of the main intentions behind this blog was to create a place for the different voices of the Seattle Arts & Lectures community – writers, speakers, students, teachers, readers, listeners, and all points in between – to be collected, considered and exchanged. The more we looked at SAL and "sonder” together, the more alike they seemed.
We hope that Sonder will help us capture the flicker of others’ vivid complexities before we continue on our way. If you have a story, response, or blog post idea related to SAL’s programs to share, send your pitch to . We’d love to hear your stories, too.
Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. Shelf Awareness publishes two newsletters, one for general readers and one for people in the book business. Both newsletters are free. "Shelf Awareness: Enlightenment for Readers, our new newsletter, appears Tuesdays and Fridays and helps readers discover the 25 best books of the week, as chosen by our industry experts. We also have news about books and authors, author interviews and more.”
"Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, which we've been publishing since June 2005, provides booksellers and librarians the information they need to sell and lend books. It appears every business day and is read by people throughout the book industry.” shelf-awareness.com
The Writers' Workshoppe
The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA, conducts writing workshops, has a large stock of titles on the art and craft of writing, and maintains extensive resources for teachers. They have a fantastic website too for writers: writersworkshoppe.com
Writer Unboxed & Reader Unboxed
The site includes contributors from the not-yet published to bestselling authors and industry leaders. It has grown into a rich community for writers. There is a free newsletter with more craft advice, insider scoops, and news from the world of digital publishing. WU was named one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites. writerunboxed.com