Associations, Clubs & Unions
California Writers Club - Sacramento Branch
National Association of Memoir Writers National Writers Union - an organization for writers' rights

Competitions, Contests & Writing Challenges
National Novel Writing Month - Join other writers in the month of November and write a novel
Poets & Writers Contests
Publishers Weekly - DIY Book Awards
Wattpad - writing contests
Writer's Digest - writing competitions

Northern California & Vicinity 
American River College Creative Writing Festival - [May] - Sacramento
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley  - [June & July] - Village at Squaw Valley
Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific - [June] - Stockton
Gold Rush Writer's Conference  - [May] - Mokelumne Hill
North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference - [September 2018] - Crescent City
Redwood Writers Conference - [April] - Santa Rosa
San Francisco Writers Conference - [February] - San Francisco
Sierra Writers Conference - [January] - Grass Valley
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference [May] - Citrus Heights/ Sacramento
Surprise Valley Writers Conference [June] - Cedarville
Truckee Meadows - [April] - Truckee
Poets & Writers - Various

Outside California
Chesapeake Writers' Conference - St. Mary's College  - [June] - Maryland

Community Resources
Nevada County
Friends of the Nevada County Library
Gold Country Writers
Nevada County Arts Council - Poetry Festival
  KVMR poetry readings by Gary Snyder & Will Staple
The Open Book

Teen Writing Workshop Group
W.A.C.T. (Writing for Amazingly Creative Teens) is a free teen workshop with the sole purpose of facilitating a safe, casual, and helpful environment in which aspiring teen writers can hone their skills and receive constructive criticisms from peers. Hosted by local teen Solomon Rios, in partnership with the NEO youth center in Grass Galley, the workshop is held on the second Thursday of every month from 4:00-6:00 pm at the youth center. Interested parties (teens, parents of teens, etc.) should contact the email listed for more information. Otherwise, visit the NEO website for times and location. Contact: Sol Rios solrios2000 "at" yahoo "dot"com | NEO website:  

High Sierra Writers

About copyright - an article about copyrighting work
Stanford University Libraries - Information on Copyright and Fair Use

Cover Design & Public Domain Images
Canva - design & layout
Pixabay - free images

Editing, Proofreading, Ms. Preparation & Consulting
C.S. Larkin
Lourie, Iven (Nevada County)
Scribe Tribe  - Dan & Danielle Foster

Industry Reports
Top fiction & non-fiction categories, best performance romance category, overall sales in each genre, and more.
2018 Book Industry Predictions
2018 Smashwords Industry Predicitons

Meetup Groups
Grass Valley Skeptical Book Club
Shut Up & Write
Sierra Muse: Creative Writing Cooperative - WEST

Online Writing Groups

Publishing & SalesDuotrope -  Website to help find publishers for fiction and poetry
Kindle Create - User Guide
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association

California Digital Newspaper Collection
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources
Library of Congress

Social Media Support from Nevada County Arts Council

We want to see and read about all that is going on in the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and make it easier for people to discover new music, food, trails, local history and more. Follow Nevada County Arts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Share, like and comment on our posts or share your own photos and stories with the hashtag #CultureCA  #NevadaCountyArts #GVNCCulturalDistrict on your page or the Nevada County Arts page. Don’t forget to tag some of your friends, peers or like-minded organizations to help spread the word!

Social Media - Instagram

Author Tech - Instagram for Writers
The Creative Penn - Instagram
Jane Friedman - Instagram Tips
Instagram branded accounts with cohesive photo style
AngieThomas, THE HATE U GIVE
Kim Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors
Elizabeth Gilbert, EAT PRAY LOVE
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Website Creation Software
Website Ideas for Writers - help for building your own website

Website Domain Name Registration
Google Domains

Website Hosting
*Many hosting services also offer domain registration
Full Spectrum Computer Services - Grass Valley, CA

Workshops, Videos, Podcasts & Continuing Education

Alliance of Independent Authors Videos - Free Self-Publishing Advice
Creative Writing Classes - Patricia Dove Miller (Nevada County)
How to Set-Up an Amazon Author page - Video
James Patterson Master Class  - Video Lessons & Workbook [$]
Jane Friedman - Workshops & keynotes video playlist
Jerry Jenkins - How to write a book in twenty steps
Joanna Penn - Videos, tutorials, and how-to's
Kindle Publishing: SECRETS: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm - Video
Mignon Fogarty - Grammer Girl - Quick and Dirty Tips
Neil Gaiman - Video - Why fiction is dangerous [about writing 23:00]
Newbie Writer's  - Podcast - Catharine Bramkamp
Sacramento Writing Workshop
Self Publishing - Podcast - Writing,  Indie Publishing,  and Marketing Advice for Writers [iTunes]
Strategic Planning for Writers - C.S. Larkin
The Great Courses - Writing and Publishing
Writing Workshops - Rachel Howard (San Francisco & Stanford)
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Writing Craft Aids
Deep Point of View - Ann Laurel Kopchik
Freelancers Union
Glossary of Musical Terms
Homophone Checker - Words that sound the same with different meanings

Twenty Writing Tips from Pro Writing Aid
Word and Phrase Frequency Counter
Words that Rhyme
Worldwide Freelance - small free market database for freelance writers
Writers Helping Writers

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