My Favorite Writing Resources

Workshops and Conferences

Better Books Marin
Run by the amazing Darcey Rosenblatt and my critique group. A small, craft-based workshop for experienced YA and middle grade fiction writers

SCBWI Summer Conference
A must for new kid lit writers, and always fun and inspiring for all experience levels

San Francisco North and East Bay Oktoberfest

San Francisco South Golden Gate Conference
Held at the beautiful Asilomar on the central coast. Virtual “Golden Gate Year” for 2020-2021.

 

Blogs

R.L. LaFevers, For Writers

Good Story and KidLit.com – Mary Kole

Laini Taylor’s Blog

Nathan Bransford

 

Podcasts
I’m a self-professed podcast junky. These are just some of my writerly favorites

Writers on Writing 
UC Irvine’s Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and Marrie Stone, not focused on kid lit, but great craft interviews with authors

Literaticast, Jennifer Laughran
Interviews with creators, agents and editors in the kid lit world

Levar Burton Reads
Because Levar Burton (Reading Rainbow!) and short stories. Love everything about this including the deep breath at the beginning of each story

Manuscript Academy
Interviews on the nuts and bolts of publishing

Inside the New York Times Book Review
Great to keep up with the latest in all genres

New Yorker Fiction
Short stories chosen and read by authors, with analysis/conversation at the end

The Guardian Children’s Books
UK kid lit books, entertaining

The Narrative Breakdown – Cheryl Klein and James Monohan
Craft 

 

Software and Tools

Scrivener
Great for me for organizing new projects and until it’s mostly in its final form. So much easier to edit large chunks than in Word.]

Freedom
For tuning out the internet. I should use this more

 

Websites

SCBWI

Publisher’s Marketplace
For researching sales, agents, comps

SCFWA Fantasy World Building Questions – Patricia C. Wrede
Extensive world building questions, useful not just for fantasy and sci fi writers

 

Books

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maas

Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, by Christopher Vogler

On Writing, by Stephen King

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

 

Videos

Martha Alderson’s 27-step plot tutorial on plot and structure

 

Favorite Local Bookstores

Copperfield’s Books

Book Passage
My critique group met in the cafe in Corte Madera for years before the pandemic, and to where we hope to return!

Other Fun Stuff

A Way with Words
If you love words, sayings, and their origins

Meet the Composer
Nadia Sirota’s brilliantly produced podcast. So sad there are only 41 of these. One influenced a character in my current WIP


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