Resources for Writers

{These listings are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement by CWC.}

Local / Regional Events, Workshops, and Classes:

 

Sept 1 Deadline! Last day for early rates for San Francisco Writers Conference ($650  https://sfwriters.org/sfwc-registration-form/).

August 31 Deadline for GlimmerTrain Writing Contest. Fiction Open. 1st Place: $1,500 and publication.

July 25, 1-4:00 pm,  California Writers Club annual statewide potluck picnic and LitCake! Contest, Fire Circle in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. See this post for details.

September 30 Deadline to enter the Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Prize. First prize is publication of a collection of short stories for the winner (including editorial support for completion) plus £200, five copies of the paperback and royalties on all future sales. Details can be found at http://alfiedog.com/competitions/

Recurring Local/Regional Events:

Book clubs, critique groups, and meetups in Sacramento listed at fiction.meetup.com

Sacramento Public Library’s I Street Press (self-publishing and Espresso machine POD) offers classes on publishing, design, writing, and more.

Stories on Stage: monthly short fiction reading series held at the Sacramento Poetry Center (25th St. between Q and R)

Sacramento Suburban Writers Club (SSWC) meets every second Monday between 7 & 9pm in the Crossroads Christian Church, 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, CA.  Sactowriters.com

Gold Country Wordsmiths,” a fledgling authors and writers group, meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at the Depoe Bay Coffee Co, 893 High Street, Auburn, CA.  GCWordsmith.com

Northern California events:

Whether or not you’re interested in the conference, sign up for San Francisco Writers Conference newsletter here.  The newsletter is loaded with event information for California Writers Club branches across northern California.  The following events were listed in the SFWC newsletter:

Contests & Writing opportunities:

Tethered by Letters’ Summer 2015 Literary Contest

We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Summer 2015 Short Story Contest

We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Prize: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Summer 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters’ Summer 2015 Poetry Contest

We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal
Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries
URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Paid services:

Writers Digest online education. Webinars, tutorials for writers at WritersDigestShop.

The Writers’ Bridge: for freelance writers. Article ideas, markets, query tracking, and more. First month free.

Ongoing auctions of professional critiques by agents and editors, as a charity fundraiser for Vision & Hearing, organized by literary agent Irene Goodman. “Publishing for Vision and Hearing”

Author Brenda Novak’s annual online auction for diabetes always includes critiques, etc. of interest to authors. Bidding begins every year on May 1st.

Other opportunities:

Duotrope.com is a one-stop shop for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story markets.

Authors appearance(s) welcome for book speaks/sales/signing at the Atria Covell Gardens Assisted Living Center, 111 Alvarado Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.  Contact Kathryn Green, Director, at (530) 756-0700.

Freelance Editors:

{An excellent blog post on how to hire an editor}

Editorial Freelancers Association

Critique Groups:

Ladies Who Critique .com: a site for matching writers with critique partners

Professional organizations:

Capitol City Young Writers, Sacramento/San Francisco-based group for writers ages 10-18

Capitol Crimes, local chapter of Sisters in Crime

International Thriller Writers

Northern California Publishers and Authors

Sacramento Valley Rose, local chapter of Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco chapter (open to both women AND men!)

The art and craft of writing:

Sacramento Poetry Center

San Francisco Writers’ University

Writer’s Digest

The business of publishing:

5 Key book Publishing Paths by Jane Friedman. Image summarizes traditional, vanity, self pub options in 2013.

The Pursuit of Publishing: An Unvarnished Guide for the Perplexed by CWC member Ken Umbach

AgentQuery

Publisher’s Marketplace

Writer Beware

AbsoluteWrite

Self-publishing resources:

Smashwords (ebooks)
BookBaby (ebooks)
Createspace (amazon’s self-publisher)
Dan Poynter’s ParaPublishing

Writers’ Conferences:

Bouchercon (mystery writers)

Left Coast Crime (mystery & suspense)

San Francisco Writers Conference (all types of writing)

ThrillerFest (thriller writers, both fiction and nonfiction)