Self Publishing Help

self publishSelf publishing requires many skills. Where do you start, and why should you want to self publish anyway? Well, you may have to self publish, as publishers of poetry and ambitious fiction are not thick on the ground. And if you enjoyed writing the work, then it's a fair bet that others will enjoy reading them. But you won't know that if they remain in the drawer, to be taken out occasionally at Christmas or in the company of close friends. Give them a chance: try them out on a wider audience in ezines and bulletin boards.

Self publishing is an time-honoured route in poetry and more innovative novel-writing, but each need will be different. You'll have to start by researching the small presses carefully, and submitting to magazines that publish what you actually enjoy reading.

But there's more involved than well-deserved approbation. Literature is a community, one where you can make friends and learn to craft your work more appealingly. If bulletin boards and local writing circles can't help, then consider a workshop. An Internet search will locate one near you, but these are some of the best-known writing courses/workshops.

Poetry Society of America. Poetry conferences, colonies and festivals: also publishers, MFA programs and journals.

Poetry Kit. Good roundup of the UK scene.

Preditors & Editors: Workshops. Very extensive listing of literary workshops.

Albany Poetry Workshop. Free workshop with a live forum.

Writers Bureau. Poetry writing courses: details posted to you.

Worldwide Learn. Online writing courses and tutorials.

Writers Online. Part of the Writers Digest network.

Writers Village. Extensive range of poetry courses.

Shaw Guides. Guide to over 1300 forthcoming conferences and workshops worldwide.

Arvon Foundation. Four day residential courses in UK countryside: fiction, poetry, short stories and plays.

Virtual Poetry Workshop. Online poetry workshop for student writers.

Zeugma. Workshop for serious poets to submit and critique work.

Cave Canem. Ten-week workshops for emerging African American writers.

Scholastic. Poetry workshops aimed at younger writers.

Teaching the Art of Poetry. Workshops aimed at middle school to university students.

Writers College. Eight week course for advanced poets.

Writers Village. Extensive range of poetry courses.

Shaw Guides. Guide to over 1300 forthcoming conferences and workshops worldwide.

Virtual Poetry Workshop. Online poetry workshop for student writers.

Zeugma. Workshop for serious poets to submit and critique work.

Scholastic. Poetry workshops aimed at younger writers.

Teaching the Art of Poetry. Workshops aimed at middle school to university students.

The Novel Studio. Part of the City of London University.

Creative Writing. Courses at the long-established Open University (England).

Personal and Creative Writing. University of British Columbia.

Creative Writing. University of Toronto.

Online Creative Writing Courses. Writers' Workshop. Novels and screenplays.

A novel idea turns creative writing into an academic racket by Lisa Pryor. National Times. February 2010. A word of caution.

 

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