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RESOURCES FOR WRITERS: a list of organisations, opportunities & support, which you really ought to have on your writerly radar, and which I wish had been on my own radar earlier in my career. Hope you find them useful. #thread #amwriting #writer
If you're a writer, join @Soc_of_Authors. They're great advocates for writers' rights, & offer PDF guides on working as a writer, specific advice on contracts etc for members & discounts on books! They also offer grants for work in progress & run annual awards.
@Soc_of_Authors Anyone in the arts should be aware of @ace_national (or @CreativeScots / @Arts_Wales_ / @ArtsCouncilNI, depending where you're based). They support writers through fundings opportunities - for individuals & organisations.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI As well as funding, @ace_national also runs free newsletters: Arts Jobs & Arts News. These are go-to mailing lists for any jobs and opportunities within the arts sector, including for writers. artsjobs.org.uk
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI And speaking of newsletters, are you signed up to @ArtsPro? This one also contains job opportunities (though mainly larger-scale salaried posts), along with the lowdown of what's going on in the arts industry. It's a good way of keeping connected from your writing garret.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro Check out your regional writing organisation. For me, this is @NewWritingNorth - who offer support & opportunities to writers across the north of England, including running the #NorthernWritersAwards
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth Depending on where you live, yours could be: @cultureword, @writingwestmids, @WritingEM, @LitWorks, @newwritingsouth, @STWevents or @WritersCentre. It's worth checking out other regions' writing organisations, too, as they may have opportunities that are open nationally.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre The @Writers_Artists Yearbook is released annually, & is particularly useful if you're querying a manuscript with agents / editors. I'd recommend using it in conjunction with the internet, and the publishers' / agencies' own websites. Also often available through local libraries.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists If you're a writer & at all involved in education, @NaweWriters is essential. And even if you're not involved in education, they often share opportunities on their website. nawe.co.uk
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters If you're looking to sharpen your creative craft, or to gain inspiration, then check out @arvonfoundation courses, which are tutored by professional writers in all kinds of disciplines. They offer bursaries, often for young people &/or people on low incomes. #writing
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor For #poets, check out @PoetryFound, for their online collection of poems and articles about #poetry, available to access for free on their website. They also have a newsletter you can sign up to.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko On a local level, seek out local writing groups that you can join to workshop your writing, and hunt for open mic nights where you can share your work. Library noticeboards & regional writing organisations are good places to find these. And if there isn't one already, start one!
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko If you're a young poet (or even if you're a not-so-young poet), sign up to @youngpoetsnet mailing list. They run opportunities for young writers, and publish poems and articles that are worth reading whatever your age.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko @youngpoetsnet I highly recommend that anyone who's even remotely interested in writing follows @Joannechocolat on twitter. As well as being an excellent voice for authors' rights, her #TenTweets threads are always good advice for writers.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko @youngpoetsnet @Joannechocolat One mainly (although not solely) for female writers: @Mslexia published & supports writing by women, and runs annual competitions for female writers of various genres. They also share advice on writing, which is applicable to writers of any gender.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko @youngpoetsnet @Joannechocolat @Mslexia @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork @natpoetrylib Speaking of #libraries, don't neglect your public library. I repeat: DON'T NEGLECT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY. Whether for author events, or workshops, or just, you know, the old-fashioned resource of BOOKS, don't forget what you have access to with a simple library card.
@Soc_of_Authors @ace_national @CreativeScots @Arts_Wales_ @ArtsCouncilNI @ArtsPro @NewWritingNorth @cultureword @writingwestmids @WritingEM @LitWorks @newwritingsouth @STWevents @WritersCentre @Writers_Artists @NaweWriters @arvonfoundation @Ty_Newydd @moniackmhor @PoetryFound @poetryschool @beprolifiko @youngpoetsnet @Joannechocolat @Mslexia @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork @natpoetrylib You don't have to go to a physical library to use their collections. @nypl has digital collections that can be accessed from anywhere on the planet. Useful for research, or just for general inspiration. (Their image archive is particularly good.)
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