general good stuff for writers of any ilk
NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month!!
✤ FREE (nonprofit, donations gladly accepted) online tool offering community support, accountability & resources for writing a novel (50,000 words) every November.
Camp NaNoWriMo - NaNoWriMo for April and July!
✤ FREE - two more opportunities for novel-writing accountability.
Duotrope - Online data base for submission opportunities!
✤ Subscription-based searchable data base for literary journals, presses, agents, contests and more. Also keeps track of all your submissions (so no need for a spreadsheet or personal tracking tool). $5 month/$50 year - I've used it since I started submitting in 2013 and can easily refer back to all my subs over time.
Poets & Writers Magazine
✤ The online version of this great magazine has loads of writers resources (FREE). Searchable lists of submission opportunities, agents, contests, presses, promotional opportunities, and lots of useful articles. The online databases have some features Duotrope doesn't (and vice versa), so it can be helpful to consult both. Also a good one to subscribe to!
✤ FREE for writers - A searchable online resource for submission opportunities for creatives of all sorts. (Lit journals - and other businesses - pay to use this platform to receive, track and sort submissions.) Also tracks your submissions over time, but only for journals that subscribe to this service (which is quite a few).
Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA)
✤ The AWA promotes the use of a free-writing and workshopping method that builds community, is free of judgement and inclusive for writers of all backgrounds and levels (motto: a writer is someone who writes). Great source for prompts. Trained AWA affiliates offer workshops at locations around the world, and remotely. (I have found the method and writing with others freeing and inspiring, in terms of fluidity, sense of community and more.)
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
✤ AWP provides community, submission & other opportunities, news and advocacy for writers and writing programs. Academic focus with information about and from MFA and other graduate-level writing programs. Monthly magazine (useful) - huge annual conference (over-whelming IMO).
California Writers Club
✤ A resource for writers in all genres, and at all levels (California writers, visit their website to locate a branch near you (Redwood Writers is a great one!).
sacramento area writerly resources
Stories on Stage Sacramento
✤ Sacramento’s award-winning, non-profit (donation supported) literary performance series, featuring the work of today's best authors performed with theatrical flair (currently via Zoom). Visit their website for information on submissions, and other opportunities.
916 Ink Adult Write Nights (FREE)
✤ Though this is a youth literacy program, 916 Ink workshop leaders facilitate monthly "write nights" using the AWA method - currently via Zoom (thus accessible to those beyond the Sacramento area) due to the pandemic.
Sacramento Poetry Center
✤ A local literary resource since 1979, hosting workshops, readings, open mic nights, also publications and contests, for area poets (and poets anywhere with much of the content now offered virtually).
Meet-up - Sacramento-Area
✤ Multiple listings for critique groups, classes and clubs for writers in the Sacramento area.
CA Writers Club, Sacramento Branch
✤ A resource for area writers in all genres, and at all levels. Monthly meetings (currently via Zoom) connect writers with speakers and programs on many aspects of writing, editing, publishing and book promotion. Also a way to find a critique group/writing partners.
Northern CA Publishers and Authors
✤ An alliance of independent publishers, authors, and publishing professionals in Northern California. The group supports small indie presses, the self-publisher, and the aspiring author with monthly meetings and information on self-publishing, traditional publishing, as well as information on the craft of authorship, editing, and book design. NCPA also sponsors an annual book contest and compiles several themed anthologies of members' work each year.
Los Rios Community College District
✤ Four local colleges offering low-cost creative writing courses in multiple genres, including a class that staffs the college's literary journal. I am most familiar with American River College and their journal the American River Review, and Sacramento City College and their journal Susurrus. If you are looking for assignments, deadlines, resources and community - in poetry, nonfiction or fiction - the community colleges are a great starting point for writers new to the local writing scene.
favorite journals/magazines ✤
quotes & ephemera
✤ November 7, OMG, what a difference a day makes. The heavy red cloud has lifted. I can exhale. I can envision a brighter, more-expansive and inclusive future.
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but to unify.”
“Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end – here and now.”
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.”
President-Elect Joe Biden
✤ Whelp, frankly, it's November 4, one day post-election, and nothing strikes me as either funny or particularly inspirational. I despair for the results so far and what they illustrate about who the American people are. You can lie to the polls, but your vote is (still) private - and in that confessional, it's apparently not a sin to condone racism, bullying, abuse, mass shootings (when the victims are the "other"), blatant lies and thwarting of the constitution or other's rights, because, well, "there's good people on both sides." One thing is clear, there are people on both sides, and the ranks are far too evenly divided for the support of this president to be anything but terrifying proof that the deep schisms in our country's social and political fabric run deep, and aren't likely to scab over and heal, not without a cataclysm beyond those we've already lived through.
✤ “Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.” Neil Gaiman, Coraline
resources for parents/young writers
✤ Sacramento’s arts-based creative writing nonprofit that provides workshops for Sacramento area youth, grades 3-12, in order to transform them into confident writers and published authors. Our workshops increase literacy skills, improve vocabulary, teach empathy, positively impact social and emotional learning, and expand communication skills. (178 anthologies printed since 2010!).
Ink at Home & Ink TV
✤ In response to Covid 19, these programs deliver 916 Ink's prompts, workshops and resources electronically, to children in their homes and schools.
NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program - NaNoWriMo for kids!
✤ FREE (nonprofit) - writing support, groups, accountability and challenges, prompts and story generators for kids and teachers.