Reader and Writer Resources

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Click on the reader and writer resources listed below for a link to their websites.


Author Magazine publishes a free online magazine for readers and writers about authors, the writing process, and the writing life.

Book Country allows writers to post drafts of their work to be critiqued by readers and other writers, connect with readers and other writers, and develop their writing and marketing skills.

Goodreads helps readers find books they’ll enjoy, and share their opinions about what they read; it also helps authors reach their audience through its Author Program.


A Celebration of Women Writers offers a database to search for female authors.

CALYX publishes women’s art and literature.

CWILA fosters community for Canadian women in the literary arts.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest-running literary festival dedicated to women writers in the US.

Portland Women Writers offers writing workshops for women in Portland, Oregon.

VIDA advocates for women in literary arts based on its research about opportunities for women.

Women Arts funds female literary artists.


Artist Trust funds literary writers and other artists in Washington State.

Centrum offers an annual writing conference–July 16-23, 2017, and a “personal development experience” for writers in the fall, both in Port Townsend, Washington.

Oregon Writers Colony offers a writers’ retreat at Rockaway Beach, Oregon, and workshops.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association will host its next annual conference for writers July 20-23, 2017, in Seattle, and offers other events and services for writers year-round.

Powells Books has five bookstores in the Portland, Oregon area (one with over a million books), has been online at since 1994, and hosts frequent readings by authors.

Tin House publishes a literary magazine. Tin House Books publishes a dozen titles a year. An annual Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop convenes in Portland, Oregon.

Willamette Writers will host its next annual conference for writers August 4-6, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, and offers other events and services for writers year-round.

Wordstock is a festival of books and authors in Portland, Oregon, and will be held November 11, 2017.


Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) provides resources for writers, and for writing teachers.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the month of November each year when aspiring writers all over the world support and challenge each other to complete a draft of a novel.

Poets & Writers offers information, support, and guidance to creative writers, publishes a magazine (print and digital), and publicizes contest and grant opportunities.

Writers and Editors connects writers, editors, and their markets. One of many resources is an extensive listing with links of organizations for writers by state.

Writers Digest provides educational resources for writers, and sponsors writing contests.

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