I recently began a new blog series, Writing and Publishing Tips From Authors Around the World, to help writers. The twenty-fifth contribution to this series is by me, a U.S. author with my article about resources for writers.

Resources for Writers by Susan Finlay

Before I had any books published, I needed a critique group but couldn’t find one because I was new in town. That led me to search online for resources. I found several critique groups, the main one being Authonomy, an online group run by Harper Collins Publishing. I met many authors there, made lots of friends, and got help with a couple of my books. With the recent demise of that website, many authors are looking for other similar websites. Here are a few that I’ve heard about:

Scribblers: http://http://scribblers.freeforums.net/
Book Country: http://www.bookcountry.com/
Authonomy Friends Meeting Place: https://www.facebook.com/groups/388398427918270/
Authonomy & Friends (What me, Worry?): https://www.facebook.com/groups/324474100919471/
Today’s Author: http://todaysauthor.com/2015/09/21/writing-communities-matter/
Writing-World.com: http://www.writing-world.com/links/critique.shtml

Critique groups aren’t for everyone. Some writers like to take classes or attend writing workshops or seminars. I know of some interesting in-person and online venues you might want to consider. Here are a few:

Show Me Writers Master Class in Missouri: http://ccmwg.org/wordpress/?p=1024
Intensive Memoir Workshop in California: http://www.wcwriters.com/workshops/memoir_toni_lopopolo/
Live Online Workshops: http://lopopololiterary.com/workshops/live-oovoo-workshops/
Writing & Coaching Services with Author Susan Wingate: http://www.susanwingate.com/writing-coaching-services/

Many writers like to learn the craft from books. Whether you are a new writer or a seasoned writer, you might b interested in some of these books:

Writing Deep Scenes: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Deep-Scenes-Plotting-Through-ebook/dp/B0141KWKZM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1444415288&sr=1-1&keywords=writing+deep+scenes
A group of Thesaurus books: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Ackerman/e/B0081BBQ7Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1444415343&sr=1-1
The Book on Writing: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Writing-Paula-LaRocque-ebook/dp/B00D33KPD8/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444415398&sr=1-1&keywords=the+book+on+writing
Writing Plots With Drama: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-plots-drama-depth-heart-ebook/dp/B00R3C22KO/ref=sr_1_2_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444415440&sr=1-2&keywords=writing+plots+drama
Showing and Telling in Fiction: http://www.amazon.com/Showing-Telling-Fiction-Writers-Guides-ebook/dp/B00J3CUEZM/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444415480&sr=1-1&keywords=showing+and+telling+
The Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion: http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Guide-Character-Emotion-Expression-ebook/dp/B00IQDW81W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444415543&sr=1-1&keywords=the+writer%27s+guide+to+character+emotion

I hope this article helps you with your writing career.

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