Resources

General Writing Resources for all Writing Disciplines - Fiction - Poetry - Dramatist - NE Groups
 
These websites have been suggested by NWG members who have used them and
found them useful. Members are urged to send any further recommendations to
the presiding president nebraskawritersguild@gmail.com.
 
Disclaimer: The Nebraska Writers Guild does not endorse or promote any of
the organizations or their services described on these websites. This
listing is merely offered as a resource of points of interest for writers to
investigate and draw their own conclusions.
 
 
Business of Writing
 
U.S. Copyright Office
www.copyright.gov/
The direct source for information & forms for filing for copyright
 
Writing Aids
 
Alpha-Dictionary
http://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml
A multi-purpose website containing spelling, semantics, tautologies, lexicon
and multiple word databases.
 
Dictionary.Com
http://dictionary.reference.com/writing/
Grammar & Word Resource links listed
 
Entomology Dictionary
http://www.etymonline.com/
A compilation of several sources providing word origins. Useful for
identifying appropriate time period for a specific word or slang term.
 
The Gender Genie
http://bookblog.net/gender/genie.php
A site that will analyze and "diagnose" sections of writing as male or
female. Useful for POV.
 
The Phrontistery
http://www.phrontistery.info/
A website providing information on obscure words.
 
Research Sites
 
Ask-Any-Question
http://dir.yahoo.com/?skw=Yahoo+Directory
Yahoo Directory lists a vast variety of topics you can search for answers.
Cut your research time and search their lists to find a website or expert to
answer your question.
 
Comparative Religions of the Worlds
http://www.comparative-religion.com/
Website for data on the various religions of the world.
 
The Costume Page
http://www.costumepage.org/
A website for researchers of appropriate attire through the ages.
 
Curtis's The North American Indian
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/ienhtml/about.html#outline
Access to the digital files of this exclusive collection of illustrations
and commentary dated 1907-1930. Useful for accuracy of description and
detail when writing about Native Americans.
 
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachti...
A site that succinctly explains this psychologist's theories of need-driven
behavior. Useful for POV and motivation.
 
Royalty
http://worldofroyalty.typepad.com/blog/
A website with contemporary information on royals around the world and
historical links
 
Time Lines of History
http://timelines.ws/
Website to help you put events and inventions in proper perspective.
 
Western Americana
http://www.westernamericana.blogspot.com/
Website with vast research data on the Old West.
 
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Website of a free on-line encyclopedia. Caution: Not all data stated on
any one subject has been verified, therefore you are cautioned to search for
two other resources to confirm any data you wish to cite.
 
E-Zine Submissions
 
Vision: A Resource for Writers
http://lazette.net/vision/index.htm
Website to provide general writing information and motivation


Fiction Resources:
 
These websites have been suggested by NWG members who have used them and
found them useful. Members are urged to send any further recommendations to
the presiding president nebraskawritersguild@gmail.com.
 
Disclaimer: The Nebraska Writers Guild does not endorse or promote any of
the organizations or their services described on these websites. This
listing is merely offered as a resource of points of interest for writers to
investigate and draw their own conclusions.
 
Local Connections:
 
Fine Lines Journal
http://www.finelines.org/
Over 15 years of encouraging and publishing Omaha area writers of all ages.
 
Nebraska Arts Council (Artist Opportunities)
http://www.arts.nebraska.gov/index_html?page=content/NEWS/calendarNews1
NAC site listing sites where artists can link with events
 
Nebraska Book Festival
www.nebraskabookfestival.org
Website listing the schedule of activities and speakers for the annual October event.
 
Nebraska Center for the Book
http://www.unl.edu/NCB/
Website of state affiliate of the National Center for the Book,a division of the Library of Congress.
 
Nebraska Center for Writers
http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/
Creighton University-maintained website listing many resources for writers
 
Nebraska Literary Heritage Association
http://www.foundationforlcl.org/NLHA/
Site for information about the Jane Pope Geske Room at the Martin Bennett Library in Lincoln, NE.
 
Omaha Lit Fest
http://omahalitfest.com/
Website listing the schedule of activities & speakers for the annual September event.
 
General Fiction Resources:
 
Publisher's Weekly
www.publishersweekly.com/
On-line news from the premier industry magazine
 
Authors-On-The-Web
www.authorsontheweb.com/index.asp
Find resources and on-line roundtables in the genre of your choice
 
The Writer's Place
www.thewritersplace.org/aboutus.shtml
Website connecting aspiring writers with today's professionals.
 
All Readers.Com
www.allreaders.com
Get detailed reader's reviews of your favorite books
 
Fiction Factor
www.fictionfactor.com/
An on-line magazine posting monthly craft articles
 
Predators & Editors
www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/
Website listing complaints filed against various publishers, editors, agents, contests
 
Craft Resources:
 
U.S. Copyright Office
www.copyright.gov/
The direct source for information & forms for filing for copyright
 
Dictionary.Com
http://dictionary.reference.com/writing/
Grammar & Word Resource links listed
 
Foreign Language Translation
www.foreignword.com/
Website listing links to help you find the foreign word or phrase you need
 
Military Network
www.military-network.com/
Website to help you find data on all branches of military and military history
 
Naming Website
www.angelfire.com/ks/windshipgenhelp/indexsurnamehelps.html
Need to find a name specific to a country, culture or era?
 
Time Lines of History
http://timelines.ws/
Website to help you put events and inventions in proper perspective.

Northern Plains Professional Writers
http://www.nppwriters.com/
Conference for writers in Yankton, SD.


Genre Resources:
 
Mystery Writers of America
www.mysterywriters.org/
An organization of professionals dedicated to promoting all levels of crime writing
 
Romance Writers of America
www.rwanational.org
Official website of national organization of over 9,500 writers of romance fiction and its sub-genres
 
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
www.sfwa.org/
Official website of professional writers of speculative fiction.
 
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
www.scbwi.org/about.htm
Founded in 1971, this is the professional organization of children's literature
 
Western Writers of America
www.westernwriters.org/
Official website of one of the oldest professional writing organizations in the US.
 
Fiction Classes/Critiques:
 
Morningside Writers
www.morningsidewriters.com/
On-Line support group requiring commitment and participation
 
Write that Novel
www.writethatnovel.com/
Website encouraging and supporting novelists to get 'er done.
 
Writing Playground
www.writingplayground.com/
On-Line support groups a writer can join for critiques & advice

Poetry Resources:
 
These websites have been suggested by NWG members who have used them and
found them useful. Members are urged to send any further recommendations to
the presiding president nebraskawritersguild@gmail.com.
 
Disclaimer: The Nebraska Writers Guild does not endorse or promote any of
the organizations or their services described on these websites. This
listing is merely offered as a resource of points of interest for writers to
investigate and draw their own conclusions.
 
Local Connections:
 
Fine Lines Journal
http://www.finelines.org/
Over 15 years of encouraging and publishing Omaha area writers of all ages.
 
Poetry Menu
www.poetrymenu.com
Website listing Poetry readings in the Omaha and Lincoln areas
 
Nebraska Arts Council (Artist Opportunities)
http://www.arts.nebraska.gov/index_html?page=content/NEWS/calendarNews1
NAC site listing sites where artists can link with events
 
Nebraska Center for Writers
http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/
Website maintained by Creighton University listing events & writers-of-interest
 
General Poetry Resources:
 
Poetry.Org
www.poetry.org/
Website explaining fundamentals of poetry
 
Poets & Writers
www.pw.org/mag/
Industry-recognized magazine of excellence with many links
 
Poets House
www.poetshouse.org/about.htm
A literary center and poetry archive with extensive links
 
Native American Poetry
www.indians.org/welker/addition.htm
Website listing links and posting original poems by NA's.
 
Poets of "Authors-On-The-Web"
www.authorsontheweb.com/features/0304-poet/poet.asp
Website posting "Roundtable" topic discussions by invited poets
 
Poetry Classes/Critiques:
 
Gotham Writers Workshop
www.writingclasses.com/CourseDescriptionPages/GenrePages.php/ClassGenreC...
On-line Poetry classes through New York City University, fees charged
 
Poetry Contests:
 
Poetry.Com
www.poetry.com/
Website listing contests and other poetry resources
 
Worst Poetry Contests
www.windpub.com/literary.scams/endall.htm
Website lists contests with complaints registered

Dramatists’ Resources
 
These websites have been suggested by NWG members who have used them and
found them useful. Members are urged to send any further recommendations to
the presiding president nebraskawritersguild@gmail.com.
 
Disclaimer: The Nebraska Writers Guild does not endorse or promote any of
the organizations or their services described on these websites. This
listing is merely offered as a resource of points of interest for writers to
investigate and draw their own conclusions.
 
Local Connections:
 
 Great Plains Theater Conference
 www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference/
 Annual end-of-May week long stage play event at Metropolitan Community college
 
 Shelterbelt Theater
 www.shelterbelt.org/
 Website of Omaha's theater doing original plays
 
General Playwriting Resources:
 
Dramatists Guild
www.dramaguild.com/
Website of the professional playwrights' organization, listing links, publishers, theater companies
 
Playwriting Opportunities.Com
www.playwritingopportunities.com/
Website listing contests, theater companies & craft books
 
The Playwriting Seminars
www.vcu.edu/arts/playwriting/seminar.html
Website listing links to anything you want to know about playwriting
 
Writers Store
www.writersstore.com/
Website of scripting articles & links to vast number of craft books
 
Screenwriting Resources:
 
Local Connections:
 
Nebraska Film Commission
http://www.filmcommissionhq.com/listing.jsp?id=FC00279
Home Page of the state-funded office affiliated with the Department of Economic Development.
 
Omaha Screenwriting Workshop
www.usscreenwriter.com/OmahaSW/index.html
Weekly meeting of Screenwriters to read & critique Works-in-Progress
 
Omaha Film Festival
www.omahafilmfestival.org/
Website of Omaha's rapidly growing, week-long, late-winter celebration of indie films and new screenwriting, with a contest category just for Nebraskans.
 
Omaha Plus
Contact: Johnnye Gerhardt/Sally Walker of NWW & NWG
Critique group of Screenwriters who have attended Lew Hunter's Screenwriting Colonies
 
General Screenwriting Resources:
 
Writers Guild of America - West
www.wga.org/
Website of the professional Screenwriters organization with articles & list of signatory agents
 
Filmakers.Com
www.filmmakers.com/index.htm
Website with articles and links
 
Hollywood Scriptwriters Digest
www.screenscripts.com/recipients_of_catalog.htm
Find contact info for production companies & agents
 
InkTip
www.inktip.com/aboutus.php
Website listing screenplay contests & professional connections
 
Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
www.imdb.com/
THE website to research films, actors, production staff. "Pro" provides contact info.
 
MovieBytes
www.moviebytes.com/index.cfm
Listing of screenplay contests & markets
 
Scriptwriters Network
www.scriptwritersnetwork.org/swn/index.php?page=Home
Website of resources supporting supporting screenwriters
 
Simply Scripts
http://www.simplyscripts.com/full_movie.html
Website to find, read and print vast number of FREE screenplays
 
Zoetrope
www.zoetrope.com/
Francis Ford Coppola's website supporting emerging screenwriters
 
Craft Resources:
 
Done Deal
www.donedealpro.com/default.aspx
Website to research latest sales names & figures
 
Scriptscene
www.scriptscene.org/
On-Line Screenwriting Chapter of Romance Writers of America
 
Writers Store
www.writersstore.com/
Website of scripting articles & links to vast number of craft books
 
Screenwriting Gurus on the Web:
 
Syd Field
www.sydfield.com/about.htm
 
Michael Hauge
www.screenplaymastery.com/
 
Lew Hunter
www.lewhunter.com/
 
Karl Iglesias
www.karliglesias.com/
 
Linda Seger
www.lindaseger.com/bio.htm
 
John Truby
www.truby.com/index.html
 
Christopher Vogler
www.thewritersjourney.com/
 
Screenwriting Classes/Critiques on the Web:
 
Morningside Writers
www.morningsidewriters.com/
On-Line support group requiring commitment and participation
 
The Writers Place
www.thewritersplace.org/index.shtml
Website connecting aspiring writers with today's professionals.
 
Writers University
www.writersuniversity.com/
On-Line classes & critique/consulting services

Nebraska Writers Groups:
 
Omaha-area
 
Nebraska Writers Workshop
All Disciplines
Every Wednesday evening
Baright Library, Ralston
http://www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info/
 
Eastern Nebraska
 
Nebraska Writers Wordshop
All Disciplines
1st & 3rd Wednesdays
F Street Rec Center, Lincoln
http://writerswordshop.tripod.com/
 
Northeastern Nebraska
 
Freelance Writers Group
All Disciplines
2nd Tuesday, 6pm
Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk
Contact: Janet Portiner (402) 844-2100  
 
Southeastern Nebraska
 
Western Nebraska
 
The Writers Roundtable
All Disciplines
3rd Saturday, 1:30pm
Cappuccino & Co, Scottsbluff
Contact: Janet Craven jcraven@wncc.net  
 
Specialty Groups
 
Children’s
 
Omaha SCBWI
2nd Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Bookworm Bookstore, Omaha
Contact: Nona Morrison nonaedits@yahoo.com
 
Christian
 
Central Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Writers, Artists & Musicians
1st Tuesday, 3rd Thursday 7 p.m.
Book Ends Bookstore, Kearney, NE
Contact: Carolyn Scheidies IDealinHope@gmail.com
 
Mystery
 
Lincoln Chapter
Sisters in Crime
2nd Thursday, 7 p.m.
Lee Booksellers, Lincoln, NE
Contact: Julie Gerber jagerber@neb.rr.com
 
Romance
 
Heartland Writers Group
Chapter of Romance Writers of America
2nd Saturday of the Month, 9:30 a.m.
Old Country Buffet,144th & West Center Road, Omaha
http://www.heartlandwritersgroupomaha.com/
 
Nebraska Romance Writers
Chapter of Romance Writers of America
Last Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Gere Library, Lincoln
http://www.nebraskaromancewriters.com/
 
Prairieland Romance Writers
Chapter of Romance Writers of America
3rd Saturday, 1:15 p.m.
Civic Room, Conestoga Mall, Grand Island
http://www.prwne.com/