Links (constantly updated and reviewed) to some very useful sites:
FOR RESEARCH AND PRECISION
OXFORD DICTIONARIES ONLINE
- the Oxford Word and Language Service. An excellent, free resource.
THE BRITISH LIBRARY
WRITE BETTER ENGLISH - includes free writing tips, jobs links, competitions, book reviews, a daily blog, a regular "media watch" section, Q & A forums, and other resources. The site is intended for a worldwide audience.
WEBSTER DICTIONARY - American,
of course, but all the English spellings as well. It even has 'bangers'
cross-referenced with 'sausages'!
- type in your word and look it up in multiple dictionaries
- this site is loads of fun!
THE ULTIMATE WRITER'S GUIDE - resources for writers.
PARASAURUS REX ENGLISH Parasaurus Rex uses back translations from another language to give you alternative ways of saying the same thing in English
- Millions of books & ephemera items offered by hundreds of independent
- One of the world's greatest bookstores, Blackwell's
specialises in academic, research, scholarly, business and technical
PUBLISHING - produces highly attractive resources
for schools and other places of learning. They are instructive, innovative
and fun to use. And the website
includes an exciting children's competition for young authors.
SCIENCE FICTION ARCHIVE
BOOKS FOR FAMILY READING & EDUCATION
- a new place to search for used and out of print books
PUBLISHERS - specialize in the conversion of PDF files
into digital flip book editions viewable on PC, MAC, iPad, iPhone,
Galaxy and other popular devices. Also offer conversion service for
publishing on Amazon Kindle.
WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP
- Sign up for their monthly newsletter with news of the WWW Community,
writing wisdom, prompts, and announcements of upcoming events.
- authorised HP retailer and specialist in ink cartridges.
SMALL LAYOUT AND BOOK DESIGN SERVICES -
Full range of services
PRESSAT - great guides on how to write press releases and optimise them.
SPREAD THE WORD - works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential. They provide a dynamic range of services and opportunities for all levels, including advice and information, networking, mentoring, events and work in the community. Website HERE.
BUTE WRITERS GROUP - Read about the group's new anthology, All Roads Lead to Bute, which was launched on the island recently. See also Leaf Books.
PEATMORE PRESS – An on-line magazine providing light-hearted entertainment and information
FREELANCE WRITING ORGANIZATION - INT'L A Writer's Digest Top 101 Site. #1 Writing Resource Site - The Writer. http://www.fwointl.com/ Publishers of: Inkwell Newswatch (IN) -- Writer's Ezine http://www.fwointl.com/in.html and Writers Site News. Weekly Emailed Newsletter
WINNING WRITERS – finds and creates resources for poets and writers. Get access to detailed profiles of over 150 quality free poetry contests.
GRAHAM MCEUNE - Visit the author's official website and check out his brilliant novel Upcountry. Multitalented, quirky and very, very funny. Highly recommended reading.
SHARED LIVES - Inspirational poetry and much more from Maggie Chilvers
MALCOLM BROCKLEHURST - Read more about Malcolm and his books
BIG FAT PRIZE - lists over 500 writing contests and many other competitions
BABY NAMES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AND THE MEANING OF NAMES - Baby names and their meanings, unique names for boys and girls, popular male and female name statistics and more.
- Author of
Low Tide, Lunan Bay
Charity's Child - see
Circaidy Gregory Press - an excellent small press with a developing reputation
WRITERSROOM - The BBC's online resource for writing for television, radio and film.
JOHN CONWAY - welcome to John's very own corner of cyberspace, thewrongtree.com and check out his book Obsession.
SIMONE MANSELL BROOME - Visit this inspirational and entertaining poet, writer and performer by clicking HERE.
BOOK OF COLOURS Meet Gerhard Heinzelmann, a German who lives in England, in Gravesend, Kent. This is how he describes himself: ‘I am an artist and if I am not writing or painting, I live in the other reality, the world of dreams that gives me the inspiration to be creative.’ Wonderful. Visit his website and try his book…
WRITING COM - an online community for writers of all ages, interests and skill levels. Anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with other writers. They were amongst Writer's Digest's 101 "Best Websites For Writers, 2005" and have thousands of writers within their community
PERFECT PUBLISHERS - a print-on-demand book publishing company based in the United Kingdom that gives you ALL the necessary tools you need to publish your book quickly and affordably with relative ease.
SHEILA CROSBY'S WRITING SITE
Writebuzz has been developed to enable members to publish their writing, and to provide an exclusive resource for readers.
Includes poetry and short story competitions.
HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
UNHEARD WORDS - An online writer's group for 'people-of-colour' - a place to share experiences, thoughts, ideas and work.
In Ancient Rome, warrior women fought to the death for the pleasure of the Emperor and the mob. Find out all about them and the literature they've inspired - particularly for Russell Whitfield - at this award-winning website.
FUGITIVE AUTHOR - A
resource for aspiring writers of any genre but mainly humour.
GO PUBLISH YOURSELF.com - Self-Publishing site whose goal is 'to provide you with the best self-publishing resources the Internet has to offer'.
If you have a manuscript, novel, novella or short story you would like to see adapted to screenplay form. then Coverscript can help you.
THE CRITIQUE CIRCLE is a web community with on-line critique groups, forums, writing exercises, various tools for writers etc. Come check it out!
UK-based website on which writers and poets could publish their
work and receive ratings, comments and feedback, and read and comment
on the work of their fellow-members. UKA also features a hugely popular
Chatroom where members meet to discuss their work (and other things!),
a Discussion Forum section, polls, Shoutbox (members can leave messages
to each other on the front page of the site), internal personal messages,
ratings and comment facilities, a Random Story button and numerous
other serious and fun gizmos to play with. There is also an extensive
resource directory containing (mainly) UK competitions, markets, news,
publishers, books, agents, small presses and much more. UKA is in
the process of publishing its first prose and poetry anthology Voices
from the Web, containing work by UKA members, and plans to make the
anthology an annual event. Visit UKAuthors by CLICKING
LORRAINE MACE Pay a visit to Lorraine's website, read some of her work - and make friends. You'll be inspiring one another's writing in no time. And then try...
PEOPLE'S THEATRE COMPANY The
People's Theatre Company was created to provide: i. Free resources
to help with your professional development and get you up that career
ladder. ii. A platform to present your talent in the form of original
new productions. iii. Accessible theatre for all.
Hundreds of great ideas to inspire and improve your writing...and
much more; a fantastic resource for all writers.
An informal guide and
source of inspiration for new and not so new writers worldwide.
WAYWISER PRESS Specializes in the publication of modern
poetry in English, but are also interested in publishing books belonging
to other genres.
Resources for poets and writers
author Andrea Semple has an excellent website with loads of help and
resources for writers, all of it presented in a humorous yet extremely
lucid way. Sign up now for Andrea's 'Writing Tips' monthly newsletter.
SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS The
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is an
international professional organization for writers and illustrators
of children's books. There are currently more than 12,000 members
worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing
organization in the world. The SCBWI British Isles (SCBWI-BI) is a
growing region, which meets quarterly, usually in London, for a speaker
workshop or talk. They also sponsor local critique groups and publish
a quarterly newsletter, Words and Pictures, which includes up-to-date
events and marketing information (which publisher is looking for what
in the UK and in the US), and articles on the craft of children's
writing. The SCBWI is open both to published and unpublished writers
The web's premier one-stop
resource for writers, publishers & critics.
- Get a free quote on
just what it would cost to see your book in print. And then check
out King Printing
- a short-run book manufacturing plant (15,000 and under).
of the friendliest sites on the Web - with some of the best writing.
Pay a visit and make John your friend.
Context-uk specialises in all kinds of communication projects designed
to help clients express what most matters to them, and to get that
message out into the world. Projects are tailor-made to the client's
individual needs, anything from a book to a promotional campaign.
Their associates are skilled in copywriting, editing and proofreading,
PR and media promotions and research. They specialise in creative
writing and in honing, polishing and checking texts to meticulous
standards. In collaboration with design consultants, photographers
and other specialists, they produce a wide range of communication
tools for their clients, including: books, special reports, corporate
literature, PR and promotional materials, web sites, advertisements
and feature articles. Highly recommended by JBWB, they excel at in-depth
jobs (rewrites, restructuring, ghosting, coaching and mentoring).
Contact Judith Hampson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- writing resource for authors and the small press. Check
out their free features to see what makes them 'the number one website
for writing and writers on the net'.
PLAYWRIGHTS' COOPERATIVE - a non-profit organisation
to benefit playwrights and a theatre play script publisher.
WRITING LIFE - a superb daily writing journal and interactive
forum for all writers, hosted by the talented Martin Goodman
OF THE HEART
FUN WITH WORDS
BROKEN RULES PAGE
TEACHERS' USEFUL RESOURCES