heartland writers

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Writers - HWG Members

Members...please send in your URLs!

Lois Fowler Barrett, author member, formerly of Harrisburg, IL, now resides in Cuero, TX. Published novels include When the Earthquakes Spoke, published in Oct. 2004; Preacher's Son & Henry Brown, published in Jan. 2007; There Oughta Be a Law, published in May 2007.

Larry Braun - The path takes you on a journey into your soul. Experience life's wonders, hardships, and joys. Hear the wonders of the turtle dove call, the hardship of the loss of a loved one, or the joy of a walk down a tree covered path, through the eyes of this emerging poet.

Dennis Bryant - Author of Theodosia's Flock, a novel of supernatural suspense set in the Missouri Ozarks. Web page includes reviews, links and free downloads of the author's work.

Kerry Downing - A Writer's World

Mary Elizabeth Fricke - HWG's Journal editor, Mary Elizabeth Fricke is an author, crafter, and seamstress. Her autobiography, Dino, Godzilla and the Pigs (Life on our Missouri Hog Farm), published by SoHo Press in 1993, received acclaim from Publisher's Weekly, The Kansas City Star, Successful Farmers and others, and is still available at her website.

Mara Lou Hawse - A retired editor, Mara Lou Hawse writes a biweekly column on labor history in the United States for Suite101.com. She has written and published nonfiction articles in the area of coal mining history and women's history. Editor's Note: Mara Lou passed away Dec. 19, 2003. Her articles are archived and still available at this link.

Charlotte Hubbard - Novel Possibilities: The Write Idea for Your Novel. Certified teacher; author of eight books and over 50 stories. Expert editor & motivator specializing in personal writing instruction, brief manuscript critiques, and editorial assistance.

Jim and Ruby Jung - The Waterman and Hill-Traveller's Companion Homepage - The WHTC Almanac is devoted to the timing of Midwestern natural events. Our website supplements the publication with photographs and information about the area - its plants, animals, and history.

Ellen Kelley, author of Laura and the Lumberjack, a contemporary romance coming soon on amazon.com, and No Greater Treasure, a historical romance available on amazon.com and bn.com.

David Kirkland - Poet, storyteller, and aspiring novelist hard at work on a contemporary fantasy and a civil war novel.

Ruth Scofield Schmidt - Winner of the Holt medallion for her inspirational romance, In God's Own Time, her current release is also an inspirational romance from Steeple Hill, The Perfect Groom. Coming in February 2000, Whispers of the Heart.

Bobbi Smith - New York Times Bestselling Author and Queen of the Western Romance with over 30 titles and three million books in print.

Harry Spiller - 20th Century military history comes to life through the words of the men who were there in this collection of books by author, editor and former Marine Harry Spiller. He begins the first in a series of true crime books with his own memoir of two decades in law enforcement. Sheriff: Memoir of a Lawman from Bloody Williamson County, Illinois

Wendy A. B. Whipple - Site for the book Creating an Heirloom: Writing Your
Family's Cookbook
. The website includes exclusive freebies, and an
excerpt from the first chapter.

D.M. Wilmes - A writer who has worked in the IT industry for over twenty years, D.M. Wilmes's first book, Gone But Not Forgotten: A Christmas Story, is an inspirational tale that deals with the struggles people face trying to balance family and career. His other title, Seven Days of Hospice, is a compelling true-to-life account of the author’s experience during his mother’s last seven days of life.

C. J. Winters - Since 1999, C.J. Winters has had two books published, and has eight more under contract with Hard Shell Word Factory. Time-travel romances Moon Night and Sleighride are available in paperback and multiple electronic formats from the publisher, www.hardshell.com.Titles to come are Right Man, Wrong Time, a time-travel romance; A Star in the Earth, paranormal historical romance sequel to Moon Night; Show-Me Murder, a paranormal cozy mystery trilogy; the four-book Autumn in Cranky Otter paranormal historical/contemporary women's fiction/romance series; and C.J.'s only non-paranormal/women's fiction/romance, Mai's Ties.Visit C.J.'s website, www.cjwinters.com, and read free excerpts of her published books, as well as her essay, "From Death to Life," about her family's experience with organ transplantation, and a helpful article for writers, "Creating Character Depth with Astrological Signs."

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Other Writers

Absurd Stories - The absurd and abstract stories, poetry and the up and coming plays of the Australian author Virtue Fern.

Brian Dana Akers / Learn to Write - Books, magazines, and web sites for beginning fiction writers. Most useful to science fiction and fantasy writers.

Sam Havens - Playwright, Artist, Voice-Over Actor

Brian Lutterman - Author of the Suspense/Thriller Bound To Die

Sylvia Ramsey -- Author of Pulse Points of a Woman's World and a bladder cancer survivor/poet, Sylvia has written a new espionage novel, An Underground Jewell, published in March of 2009. See also: sylviaramseyauthor.com/blog.

Julie Wolpers - HWG webmaster and writer of a web column, Webcurrents, Julie explores the personal essay when time permits.

Visiting writers ... please send in your URLs!

Writing Organizations

List of Writers Associations by State

Heartland Writers Guild - A wonderful and supportive group of published and unpublished writers from Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and beyond. HWG meets monthly with informative educational programs. We also sponsor the Heartland Writers Conference and a variety of writing workshops.

Kansas Writers Association

NorthWestWriters - for authors of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia, Canada.

Poetry in the Arts welcomes submissions of poetry, prose, art and music for our new online/print journal, MoonCrossed 33/33 , and take a look at our Poet & Writer Resources pages too.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Romance Writers of America

Saturday Writers - Meets from 11:00 to 1:00 on the last Saturday of every month, except November and December, at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, #1 St. Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, Mo. 63376. Membership is $20/year to join, $15/year to renew. For more information, contact Becky Povich.

Writing.Com - an online community for writers of all ages, interests and skill
levels. Anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with
other writers. We're among Writer's Digest's 101 "Best Websites For
Writers, 2005" and have thousands of writers within our community.

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American Slanguages - A fun reference for anyone who needs to know the "slanguage" of a particular profession or needs to get current on "what's hip."

Baby Names - Looking for the perfect name for your hero and heroine? Here they are.

How to Do Anything - Step-by-step instructions on...well, how to do just about anything.

'Lectric Law Library - Need to check a point of law for a major plot point? Visit 'Lectric Law.

Research Resources for Writers

State Statutes by Topic - Great resource for checking points of law in any state.

Search Gopher Space - An often overlooked research avenue.

Usenet FAQ Archive - Looking for info on just about any topic under the sun? Try this searchable database of "frequently asked questions" from Usenet newsgroups.

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Conferences, Workshops, Retreats

Heartland Writers Conference- A multi-genre popular fiction/nonfiction conference sponsored by the Heartland Writers Guild.

ShawGuides Conference Listing - Shaw contains information on virtually every type of conference held anywhere in the U.S., including writer's conferences and workshops.

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Misc. Resources - Websites

HowToDoThings.com- Extensive library of how-to articles includes an ample section on writing and poetry.

ParentingExpress.com -- a new website for creative people who write about raising children. Website editor Anne-marie Taplin is looking for new material and updates the site monthly. The site features poetry, memoirs, short stories and fiction/articles about the experiences of parents. There are detailed submission guidelines available for download as PDF on the site as well as further information.

Recollections - Capturing Memories - a valuable site for life story writers, offering articles, links, heritage recipes, a free monthly ezine, workshops and an e-course - Living Legends: Writing Your Life, One Story at a Time. Carol M. Upton, a Personal Historian, Author and Sunshine Coast School of Writing affiliate, can help you breathe new life into your family stories. Visit www.memorybooks.ca and contact Carol for details.

eBookAssist.com - Offers an online class on ebook writing and publication

Poets 2000 - free websites for poets and authors. Ability to add, delete, and modify poems and books. Basic and advanced chat rooms.

Five Star Publications, Inc.- Five Star Publications, Inc. offers an on-line bookstore and Publishing Support Services. A resource for readers, writers, and publishers, the website contains samples of their Practical Advice for the Innovative Self-Publisher, including: Judging Your Manuscript, Manuscript Evaluations, Marketing Your Book, Working with Typesetters, Write It Right, and To Index or Not To Index

WritersHome - A freelance writing resource, including professional writing instruction, humor, editors pages, and a resume site for writers.

NetRead: The Publishing Portal - Writers, publishers, bookstores, agents, editors, illustrators, creatives, and everybody involved in book publishing: Look to NetRead for writing jobs, the publishing yellow pages, literary events, experts, or creatives.

RoseDog.Com - RoseDog.com is where unpublished writers can showcase their work and agents and publishers can come to find new talent. Registration is free, as are all their services. The Art of Writing - An online magazine for writers, both aspiring and professional. It features articles, tips, vocabulary challenge, free clipart for writers and publishers, a large links directory and "Instant Muse" writing prompt utilities to help poets and short fiction writers beat writer's block.

Manuscript Depot - The Art of Writing's  "sister site,"  a dedicated server designed to showcase the manuscript samples of novelists, non-fiction writers, short fiction writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and self-published writers to members of the publishing industry.

Authorlink - news/information/marketing service for editors/agents and writers.

Evan Marshall's The Novelist - A fabulous new resource for writers presented by literary agent Evan Marshall. The Novelist includes information about the Evan Marshall Agency, Tools for Novelists features, workshop information and much more. This is a must-bookmark site! Check it out now!

Eclectics - An great source for writing tips and instruction.

Editing and Proofreading Services - Dragonfly Freelance offers editing, writing, and proofreading services to businesses and individuals. Our services include essays, theses, books, articles, and more.

Epubs.com - An online site designed for publishing professionals and writers of various genres. A Starting Point Hot Site.

For Writers Only

inWrite- the Proofreading Specialists | We offer Proofreading and Copyediting Services, Copy Writing, Technical Writing, Web site content, blog content, and SEO article, Business profiles, corporate profiles, speeches, and presentations, Newsletters, news and feature articles and Transcription services.

Novelist's Inc. - For published novelists, all genres.

Fiction Writing Articles - Looking for first-class articles on various aspects of writing and getting published? Check out this Angelfire site.

Writers Classified Events - Looking for a workshop, autographing or other writer-related event?  Or need to promote one? Place a listing on this classified ad bulletin board.

Writers Write - A good place to find information about agents and editors.

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American Screenwriting Competition - Screenplay contest with over $50,000 in prizes focuses on the discovery and promotion of screenwriters. International and online entries welcome.

Drew's Script-o-Rama - The first and last word links to screenplays posted on the Internet.

The F.O.C.U.S. Institute of Film- a non-profit organization that produces mainstream, low- budget films and directs the proceeds toward scholarship funds for underprivileged children.

Hollywood Lit Sales - Check out the Spec Screenplay Sales Directory at this great screenwriters resource page.

Movie Review Query Engine - Like Telerama (see below), this query engine links you to movie reviews around the world.

Screenplay Discovery Awards - Industry insiders say that entering contests is one of the best ways to gain recognition as a screenwriter.

Screenwriters Online - A great resource for screenwriters.

Variety - The No. 1 source in the country for what's REALLY happening in Hollywood.

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Commercial Sites

The following links to commercial sites are not endorsed by the Heartland Writers Guild. However, they have agreed to link to us so we are glad to link to their services: (To be listed here please click here to contact the webmaster.)

Jim Agnew's Literary Website - Showcasing the best in literature from authors and publishers

AuthorSource.biz - At authorsource, our goal is to help you learn the latest trends in self publishing, how to improve your writing skills, how to find valuable resources, and how to simply learn more about the business of writing. Packed full of articles, tips, marketing strategies, contact information and much more, you will be empowered to pursue your writing career. Don't miss out on the opportunity to know as much as you can know. Visit www.authorsource.biz often, for we update continually. Sign up for our exclusive newsletter, and receive free monthly updates from the authorsource.biz editor, Shirleen Sando.

Analyst and Reader of Screenplays and TV Scripts - My help to you the Screenwriter.  I am a professional reader, this includes, analysis and evaluation of your script/screenplay. My aim is to help you so that when your screenplay is submitted to an agent, producer, studio or screenwriting contest it has a better chance of rating a consider or recommend!  Gain, as others have, from my vast experience at reasonable rates.

avirtualoffice.net - Digital Transcription Services for authors – Transcription of interviews, seminars, conferences, etc. Visit our web site for more information on services & rates. A Virtual Office – Transcription Support ~ When You Need It!

Book Design by Linda - Writing teacher, author, and book designer Linda Culbreth offers free "how-to" tip videos on writing, book design, & marketing. Also, a free book on encouragement, How To Eat An Elephant.

Digital Magazine Software - Pressmart magazine and newspaper publishing software is the complete digital publishing solution for newspaper and magazine publishers.

EDIT 911 - Manuscript Editing Service, Dissertation Help, Copy and Paper Editing. Offers professional editing services including book manuscript editing, copy editing, dissertation editing, as well as other advanced content editing services.

Edited Write - Your professional editing and proofreading service for, document editing, author editing, website editing, book editing and manuscript editing.

Editing Services - Dragonfly Freelance offers online writing, editing, and proofreading assistance to individuals and businesses. All services are professionally handled and returned in a timely manner.

Film Schools - Worldwide film schools directory

Fish Publishing - Fish Publishing runs the Fish Short Story Prize, one of the largest international short story competitions. They also run poetry, crime, and historical fiction competitions and provide a full editorial consultancy service designed to provide writers with one to one, on-going, constructive feedback on their work, whether it is a complete novel or just the beginnings.

Go Publish Yourself.com - Self-Publishing - Our goal is to provide you with the best self-publishing resources the Internet has to offer

HostWriter.net - Get writing on the web’s one and only free writing application. Develop characters, story and chapter outlines, even start writing your manuscript. Perfect for writers of all levels.

Long Story Short new! - an ezine dedicated to the advancement of writers

Long Story Short School of Writing - Invest in your writing career! Now is the time to fine tune your skills and start building your future as a professional writer. With the overwhelming cooperation and enthusiasm of its talented and seasoned instructors, Long Story Short School of Writing opens its doors and classes begin October 5, 2005. Class registration is ongoing. Classes will run perpetually and cover every aspect of the craft from fiction to poetry to novel writing. Class will be held on an interactive board with close instructor involvement. Supplemental mentoring will be available with most classes for a nominal fee. Tuitions are moderate, ranging from $25-100 per class, depending on the length and curriculum. Long Story Short School of Writing offers a variety of course lengths, from short workshops to ten-week courses, along with some full year, once-a-month classes. The Directors of LSS School of Writing are dedicated to providing only the best in instruction and course content.

Manuscript Editing - Copyediting, proofreading, and formatting. All topics in fiction and nonfiction. Serving writers and publishers since 1976.

Media Arts Public Relations Publishing Journalism Career Agency Australia - meapcareers is a one-stop job search service for the Media, Entertainment, Arts, Public Relations and Publishing industries in Australia and New Zealand.

NoSpine.com - NoSpine.com was set up in 2000 to allow authors to self-publish their works for profit, without having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on printing and distribution. Our authors come from 6 continents; they keep full rights to their work at all times, set their own prices, and retain 80% of the sale price of each copy sold.

Online Newspapers - Read daily newspapers online, Choose your online newspaper publication by language, country and newspaper title from around the world at ePaper catalog.

Precise Edit: Good writing always matters - Precise Edit provides editing, proofreading, and manuscript analysis for authors. Our goal is to help authors get great books on the market by providing expert and responsive services.

Speculative Fiction Review - a newly established e-Publisher. SFR is looking for authors of book length novels in the area of Science Fiction, Legal, Crime, Horror, Thrillers, Mystery, Adventure, Political, Topical, and Cross-Genre Fiction. We especially welcome new authors. SFR charges absolutely no fees.

The Ultimate Book of Writing Contests - electronic reference book features writing contests offering $500 or more in prize money from all English-language countries across all writing genres. All writing contests listed in the book are open to unpublished work. Offered in Adobe's portable document format.

The Web's most concise Novel Writing Guide - covers the elements of story telling and includes a synopsis, excerpts and the now famous blog of the novel the author is currently writing.

The Writers Workshop | Help with Literary Agents - Offers tough, practical and market-savvy editorial advice to first time writers. Strong work will be placed with literary agents. Also online courses, writers conferences, a large advice library and more.

World of Poets - gives the opportunity to the poets like you to have a caring, loving and fun environment where all types of poetry can be shared and appreciated. We believe in honest & realistic feedback of poetry. We are poets learning from one another.

Writer's Relief, Inc. Author's Submission Service -- In its 12th year, this highly recommended service helps writers find the best markets for their work. Writer's Relief also offers a FREE email monthly newsflash with valuable information for all writers. If you love to write, but hate the business of writing, Writer's Relief can help.

www.yoderbooks.com - The Official Web site of Author James D. Yoder's historical novels. Historical settings include the American Mid-West, Germany, France, Cherokee Indian Removal, Civil War, and World War II.

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