10 Online Resources for Creative Writers

By Adrienne Brodeur 

When it comes to creative writing, the internet can sometimes seem like more of a distraction than a help. But if you can keep the social media and blog browsing to a minimum, there are several useful websites that can help with everything from providing inspiration, to demystifying publishing, and explaining the nitty gritty of grammar and copyrighting. Here are ten online resources for creative writers compiled by Aspen Words. 

Poets & Writers
This website not only provides ready access to databases of literary magazines, small presses, literary agents, MFA programs and writing contests, it also has information about how to get published, and an active community of writers who share information, support, and advice.

Grammar Girl
Aptly billed as “your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage and fun developments in the English language,” Grammar Girl will set you straight when you’re feeling insecure about your use of a semicolon.

Jane Friedman
When it comes to the topic of publishing in the digital age, there are few people more knowledgeable than former Writer’s Digest publisher Jane Friedman. Her blog includes posts on topics ranging from “how to find a literary agent,” to “best practices for author Facebook pages,” and “the complete guide to query letters.”

Brain Pickings
If it’s inspiration you’re after, look no further than this treasure trove of ideas. Curated by the endlessly curious Maria Popova, Brain Pickings is a one-woman labor of love that will provide you endless intellectual and creative stimulation.

Writer’s Digest
Another great one-stop shop for creative writers, this site hosts everything from writing advice and prompts, to publishing tips, to community forums and blogs (and you don’t have to be a magazine subscriber to access it).

poets.org | The Academy of American Poets
When you’re in need of motivation, this website has lots of essays on “why writing matters.” It also has an extensive collection of over 5,000 poems by writers past and present. 

Literary Market Place 
The LMP is a directory of book publishers and literary agents in the U.S. and Canada.

Kirkus Reviews – “Word on the Street”
Every week, Kirkus posts a Q&A with a publisher, agent, or bookseller on the Pro Connect part of their website. This is a great resource for writers looking for the inside scoop from industry professionals.

Literary Hub
Dubbed “the best of the literary internet,” LITHUB curates daily and weekly lists of engaging and informative articles from across the literary spectrum. They also publish original content and exclusive excerpts by great writers.

U.S. Copyright Office 
This is dryer reading for sure (it’s the government after all), but here you will find everything you need to know about copyrighting, including a step-by-step guide to registering your work.

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