Writers Online Services
The celebrated Arvon creative writing courses cover four and a half
days and range from Novel Writing to Starting to Write.
Some grants are available. (http://www.arvonfoundation.org)
BBC Writers' Forum
There are pages of advice
and plenty of contacts.
The site provides useful information on writing for radio and TV as
well as guidelines on submitting material in their WritersRoom.
The Biography Club
A newly-launched venture for book lovers and budding
writers which specialises in biographies. The website features new book
releases, news reports from the world of biographies, interviews, a chatroom,
online seminars and advice pieces from authors, but you have to register
(for free) to join in.
Book 2 Book: Book Info
Useful up-to-the-minute book trade news site and
directory from the UK www.booktrade.info
Branching Out, a UK librarians' site, offers highly innovative way of
finding the book you would like to read, using the happy/sad,
conventional/weird and other spectrums. www.branching-out.net/forager/index.htm
Rudenko's freely downloadable software enables you to reformat text
documents, whether they are e-books or any other downloadable text,
according to your own preference. Useful if you have impaired vision or
are just suffering from eye-strain. Also Autoscroll facility.
The Book Zoo
Free community site which helps give exposure to
self-published and unpublished authors, financed through sponsors' money.
Unpublished and self-published authors may submit the first 3,000 words of
their book for the site's decision on publishing the whole online.
Website of Alison Smith-Square, who
acts as a media agent selling stories to the press for the ordinary person. www.featureworld.co.uk
Subscription site which also offers to put publish short stories up to
2,500 words online.
Not for everyone but an energetic and 'professional Hollywood Script
Reader, a fanatical proof-reader, a script fixer, coach, Mentor and Kick-Ass
Muse', who will help you get your script into shape.
Expert researcher offers research service on British murders. www.murderfiles.com
New Writer's Guide
Newly set up site offering new writing guides on writing poetry,
stories, letters and books, which are emailed to you as e-books .
The original and still one of the very best e-book publishing websites.
Careful selection of high quality writing is made by fellow-writers before
the books are added to the elegantly-designed site:
The Published Writer
An American site offering an Internet directory of writers, editors,
publishers and literary agents, with everything from poetry to Greeting
Card writing (in ten parts!) http://www.thepublishedwriter.org
The Publishing Training Centre at Book House
UK official publishing training centre which also offers
on proof-reading and editing. www.train4publishing.co.uk
International UK-based service for finding difficult-to-locate books. www.scfordham.com
Rate My Story
New writers' site where you can upload your work and receive comment,
whilst commenting on other people's.
Alex Epstein’s site about his book offers many tips for the aspiring
screenplay writer, including a screenplay evaluation service at www.craftyscreenwriting.com.
New site run by a group of writers and artists which offer regular
UK filmmakers network for members which offers daily bulletins for
filmmakers, screenwriters and for casting. Also has own list of
short guides to aspects of making films. www.shootingpeople.org
New subscription site for scriptwriters, promising helpful articles
from the insiders who founded Scriptwriting magazine and help with
the business side of writing scripts and screenplays.
Translation company with a network of over 6500 highly qualified &
experienced translators & interpreters who can work between any world
language. They say they provide a fast and accurate service across all
subject areas for more than 1000 clients and some of the best known
companies & global brands.
Database containing names and addresses for the rights-holders
for the work of writers and artists housed in libraries and archives in
the US and the UK. Primarily for scholars, but useful if you are
trying to track down a copyright-holder.
Site conducting worldwide search for new storytellers and showing you
how to do it. Maintains that 98% of screenplays fail at the very
first idea stage. www.writemovies.com
Run by the Science Fiction Writers of America, this site offers sound
practical advice about how to avoid scams practiced on writers by phony
agents, publishers and editors. The specific alerts, which focus on
the US, include some hair-raising stories. www.sfwa.org/beware/
Site which lists a large number of American writing contests, with
entry details. http://www.writingcontests.net/index.htm
Set up and funded by Francis Ford Coppola, this 'virtual studio' offers
an innovative approach to the film world, but also includes short stories
and novellas. Typically, if you make a submission you have to read
two others of the same length. http://www.zoetrope.com/