I feel like I should address the questions I get online and in person about getting published. Here are some fiction resources that might help, but always remember, the best way to learn how to write is to read as many books as you can your hands on (or that you can get on your eReader).
Check With Your Local Colleges and Library:
Your local colleges offer full writing courses, but sometimes they also offer short community courses on writing.
Libraries often host one-day or weekend writing seminars. Librarians can also direct you to writing resources in their collections.
Take an Online Course:
Take an online course through your local college or with an online group. I like the idea of the online group courses not attached to colleges because you cannot really fail them, and it gives people an opportunity to stretch their writing wings without feeling they are in a spotlight.
Coffee House Writers: http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/
Writing the Heartache (from published author, Alice J. Wisler): http://www.alicewisler.com/writing-the-heartache-workshops/
Read these Blogs:
Literary Agent Chip MacGregor’s blog. Not only is he a wonderful agent (mine!), but he knows a ton about publishing: http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/
Writer Unboxed: A blog where published authors, agents, and editors write about the business of writing and publishing: http://writerunboxed.com/
Women’s Fiction Writers: Learn from established and emerging women’s fiction writers and soon to be published author, Amy Sue Nathan: http://womensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/
Novel Rocket: A blog about books and getting published. Learn from writers in both the Christian Fiction and General market writing world: http://www.novelrocket.com/
Read these Magazines:
Writer’s Digest Magazine, in print and online: http://www.writersdigest.com/
Christian Fiction Online Magazine: http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/
Poets & Writers Magazine, in print and online (for those of you with literary tastes): http://www.pw.org/
Read these books:
The Art of War for Writers, by James Scott Bell
Writing the Break Out Novel, by Donald Maass
The 11 Secrets of Getting Published, by Mary DeMuth
The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
Organizations and Conferences:
Join 1 or 2 of these national organizations and/or attend their conferences.
Backspace Writers: http://www.bksp.org/
Romance Writers of America: http://www.rwa.org/
American Christian Fiction Writers: http://www.acfw.com/
Mystery Writers of America: http://www.mysterywriters.org/
Re-Write Conference: http://rewriteconference.com/static/
Christian Writer’s Guild: http://www.christianwritersguild.com/
And for the aspiring writers in my region, check out:
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers: http://rmfw.org/
Crested Butte Writers: http://www.crestedbuttewriters.org/conf.php
Wyoming Writers, Inc.: http://www.wyowriters.org/
Get Out Your Pen:
Besides reading, the next best writing tool is your pen. Put it to paper (or get your fingers on the keyboard) and write something!