Resources for Creative Writers

My list of essential creative writing resources, from my local territory of Indiucky to beyond, periodically updated.

Regional Opportunities (Indiucky and nearby)

Our region is fortunate to offer many opportunities for writers. They include open mic readings, readings by guest authors, book signings, writers workshops, and programs of study. Many opportunities are free or low cost. 

A little further out are these fine opportunities:

Internet Opportunities

  • Here are sources for publication, conferences, workshops, residencies, jobs, and other opportunities:
    • Creative Writers Opportunities is back! I published a number of pieces thanks to this glorious, comprehensive list of calls for publication, prizes, conferences, and more. But when Yahoo recently got rid of its groups feature, I thought it was gone. Now curator Alison Joseph, poet and faculty at Carbondale’s MFA Program, has brought it back as a blog. Hurrah!
    • Submittable is a portal that many publications use for the submission process. It also contains a list of opportunities through its “Discover” link. Account required, but signing up is free. 
    • Cathy’s Comps and Calls
    • Poets and Writers is a print and digital magazine highly valuable for writers. I recommend subscribing. It also maintains a searchable list of opportunities. 
    • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), is probably the most important organization for writers. It features a MASSIVE writing conference every year in a different city, offers services for members, and also publishes as list of opportunities. 
    • Creative Writing Indiucky is a Facebook page I maintain with creative writing news and events of local and regional interest. 
    • is a lovely Web site I recently discovered that’s full of advice and opportunities.

(updated 25 January 2020)

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