'100 words' is an online writing project, of interest to writers and researchers in communication. The project, begun in January 2001 as an exercise between friends to write one hundred words a day for one hundred days, is an experiment in comparing the thoughts of disparate people. Since its beginnings, the project has established itself into a worldwide community of writers who have each written blocks of 100 words a day for a month. Users of the site can enjoy the site as a reader, or join in as a writer. Clear guidelines for participation are given. The strict 100 words rule is an excellent discipline, useful for new writers developing their creative process and writing skills. Entries can be browsed by: author; date; batch; or random generation. This is an inspiring and enjoyable resource.
1001 Nights Cast is the official website of a text-based webcast project which was devised and performed by an Australian artist Barbara Campbell. This online resource provides all the necessary details regarding the project itself, the performing artist and the participating writers. The 1001 Nights Cast began on 21 June 2005 and continued to appear daily for the remaining 1000 nights, that is until 17 March 2008. Campbell prepared her webcasts by selecting a prompt word or phrase from newspaper reports about events in the Middle East, rendering it in watercolour, and publishing it on the website. Each prompt was a source of inspiration for a participant who would write a story of up to 1001 words. When a story had been written, Campbell would perform the story as a live webcast at sunset that night from wherever she was in the world. All these stories are currently published online in the section Search the Archive. Further details of the participating writers can be obtained through the Links page. The project has been inspired by the Arabian Nights collection of stories, centred on the figure of Scheherazade who 'narrates to keep herself alive'. This online project 'is generated by the forces of The 1001 nights: the theatrics of the voiced story, the need for framing devices, the strategies for survival, the allure of the Middle East and its contrasting realities'. This website will be of interest to researchers and professional writers alike. It is also a commendable resource for performance artists and enthusiasts of new media collaborative projects.
'ABCtales.com' is a free online writers' community, which aims to provide a space for writers to contribute work online (poetry and prose) and to comment on each others' work. It is aimed at both the new writer, perhaps submitting work into the public arena for the first time, or the more confident, wanting to try out new work. Work on the site constitutes a collection of new writing which has fresh material added each day. Discussion forums offer the opportunity to join in debates and share ideas with people from across the world, and the site also organises live events. With the help of Collage Arts and Arts Council of England funding, the site also runs an on-going project called 'Talecatching', which brings together non-professional writers with people who are socially excluded, to enable the telling of personal stories. The website may be searched by keyword. Users can also browse stories by 'recently added'; 'random' or 'cherrypicked' (chosen by the editors of the site). This resource is very easy to navigate and user-friendly, and will appeal to creative writing students.
This website is the home page of the Academi, a national society which exists to promote the writers and the literature of Wales. It offers information for writers about courses, bursaries and competitions, submitting work, copyright and current opportunities. It also includes useful advice on scams and cons to avoid. The site features online lectures on areas of interest to writers, reviews of recent publications and a gallery of writers and their work. There is a database of writers working in Wales and of current funded projects, such as Writers on Tour and mentoring schemes. Information is also given about the Academi's publications, which include the Welsh language literary periodical Taliesin, the bi-monthly information magazine A470, and the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Although addressed specifically to practitioners in Wales, the general information on skills and protocols would be of use to any serious writer, whether a current professional or a newcomer. It is also useful to anyone wanting to find a practising writer to work with students or community projects. This site is available in either Welsh or English and offers links to a number of university sites, online writing projects and other related resources.
This is the website for the Arts Council England which is the key funding agency for the arts in England, distributing money from the government and the national lottery. In the summer of 2002, after a period of change, a new Council of Arts Council of England was appointed and it set out a manifesto for 2003 to 2006. The website reproduces the Council's manifesto in the 'About us' section (in either PDF or RTF formats) and also provides information about funding opportunities, current projects and research and includes full-text versions of recent press releases and minutes of Arts Council meetings. The 'information and publications' section offers many information sheets on resources, funding and alternative sources of funding in PDF format. Information about funding and the regional arts councils is also available in the 'Funding' and 'My Region' areas of the website respectively.
The Arvon Foundation is a UK charity for writers. The main activity is providing high-quality residential training courses to writers. As of June 2007, Arvon offers 87 week-long residential writing courses in the British lsles, and these can cover both fiction and non-fiction writing. The Arvon website has a full catalogue of the courses, with details of prices and bursaries, booking information, and details of the Arvon residential centres and staff. There are guidelines that show how to donate to the charity or to leave a legacy. Arvon's services will be useful for academics seeking new writing skills in writing, and perhaps also for those seeking a job as a summer tutor with Arvon. New at Arvon's website in 2007 is a weblog, and 'The Writing Room' for children who write.
The website of The Association for Creative Writing and English is a resource for students and teachers of creative writing at all levels. The Association was started due to the successes of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Membership is free and may be on an individual basis or as the representative of an institution. The website offers information aimed specifically at students or teachers. For students this includes details of creative writing workshops, celebrity reading events, publishing and competition opportunities and access to online creative writing journals. Information aimed at teachers includes details of creative writing masterclasses, programmes on teaching creative writing, and access to speaker programmes and online critical journals. A news section keeps information of events and programmes up to date. While much of the information on this site is about live events, it nevertheless offers a way of keeping in touch with developments in creative writing at university level and provides a very useful resource, which is user-friendly and easy to use.
Asterisk* is the website of a research centre based at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, where Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) wrote 'The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman'. Both the centre and the site are intended to be places where "artists, technologists, academics and students engage[s] in narrative experiment and research." The website has an archive of past events going back to 2004, including music recitals, exhibitions and lectures, alongside a clear outline of the aims of Asterisk*. Links to relevant websites are provided.
'BathHouse' is an online journal which "promotes interdisciplinary and hybrid arts with a special emphasis on language and innovation". The journal is edited and authored by current Creative Writing students at Eastern Michigan University. As well as the current issue, an archive of previous issues (full text) are available online. Many issues are based around themes, which in the past have included: Russian new media literature and art; "contagion"; and medicine. Each issue presents a mixture of: visual art; poetry; short fiction; and discussion, but the boundaries between these are often blurred. Poems are often accompanied by sound files of the poet reading the work. This is a varied and often though-provoking mixture of arts, which would appeal to creative writing and art students as well as interested readers.
BBC Writersroom is an online resource aimed at aspiring scriptwriters wanting to prepare and submit their: radio drama; television series; comedy; children's programmes; or other related material to broadcasters. Encouraging the submission of unsolicited scripts to the BBC, this site has an active profile and has started the careers of writers who have gone on to work on BBC television programmes such as: Casualty; Eastenders; and Doctors. The site is suitable for writers at all levels and is full of helpful tips and informative articles from professionals, on topics such as: presenting material; writing for particular media; and genre-specific writing. The site also provides complete programme scripts and details of competitions and other non-BBC and BBC-related writing opportunities. Free scriptwriting software is also provided, in the shape of 'Scriptsmart': a downloadable set of Microsoft Word templates written to industry-standard formats. This user-friendly site is full of encouragement for writers and is regularly updated with new information, competitions and ideas. There are links to other related BBC sites as well as to external resources.
'Blackbird', described as "an on-line journal of literature and the arts" is a joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc. Established in 2002, the journal is published on-line twice each year. The journal publishes poetry, prose fiction (mainly short stories, with some personal essays/memoirs and self-contained novel excerpts), non-fiction articles and reviews, visual artworks and special features including audio readings. The site showcases the current edition of the journal, with previous versions available through the archive. Additional information about the journal, including how to submit material and details of the editorial team and editorial policy are also provided.
bloc - 'a new place for writers and writing' is an online magazine for new writing, writing tips, news and resources. Produced by students on the postgraduate Professional Writing course at University College Falmouth, it has the accessible and casual tone of a student publication with the wider range of attention to detail and content needed by serious and emerging writers. It has some interesting ways of stimulating writing, such as 'Finishing School', which is a competition to complete a short story from given opening paragraphs. Regular features include monthly themes, literary criticism, competitions and an excellent range of links to further resources. It is open to submissions and offers the opportunity for new writers to showcase their work.
'Bookslut' is a free monthly online magazine dedicated to the pleasure of reading. The magazine is a wide-ranging resource for English and writing students looking for contemporary reviews, interviews and opinions. Edited by an international collection of librarians, graduate students and enthusiastic readers, the magazine provides a vigorous and rigorous collection of material, aiming to offer 'insightful reviews, commentary on trends, updated news, and a lot of silliness'. Archived Issues date back to May 2002, and include interviews with authors such as: Edwin John Wintle; Camille Paglia; and Lee Gutkind. Each issue features reviews of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as features on other aspects of writing and reading. The writing style is, in keeping with the title and section headings, challenging and punky, and has an opinionated vitality about it.
The British Council's Literature website provides information on literature and literary events in the UK. The British Council's priorities in this wide field include: literature for young people; cultural diversity; creative writing; and literary translation. The site provides a fully-searchable database of contemporary authors, which features: author biographies; bibliographies; reviews; and photographs. Details are also provided on British Council-run workshops and conferences, as well as on its worldwide online reading group 'enCompass'. Anyone teaching or studying English literature or creative writing would find this resource of interest.
The website for the British Fantasy Society, which "exists to promote and enjoy the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror", provides information on the Society and its activities, as well as various other resources. The Society has a high profile and is supported by the publishing industry, having many well-known authors among its members, including the current president, Ramsey Campbell. The website offers a useful resource for budding writers and researchers in the science fiction and fantasy genres, providing a finger-on-the-pulse of current trends and events. Alongside its membership and news and events information, the site features a range of: articles; reviews; and interviews (including profiles of Robert Rankin and Neil Gaiman). This site would primarily constitute a starting point for research, but the Society's active involvement in the current world of fantasy fiction makes it an important resource.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is the website of an international non-profit training, project development, and research organisation, based in North America, which aims to help people use digital resources to tell stories. The site provides information on the organisation's services and activities, which include: running storytelling workshops; public speaking and story screenings; and web design and production. The website is divided into several sections: 'Stories'; 'Our Services'; and 'Case Studies', as well as a section providing more information on the centre. Within these sections, a number of resources are available, such as: a number of full-text articles (e.g. 'Is Digital Storytelling a Movement'? and 'Storytelling for the New Millenium'); a small number of related links; and a series of interviews with practitioners. This site would be of interest to teachers and those studying the development of storytelling, as well as creative writers who are looking to use new media in their work.
Comma Press is the website of a publishing collective operating on a not-for-profit basis to promote new fiction and poetry. The collective's work focuses on short stories and poems in particular, with the aim of providing new ways to enjoy these. The website provides: full details of Comma's history and editorial policy; details of their books and journals; various resources for writers; a bank of authors' readings of their own works; and poetry-related short films. The site also gives details of Comma's latest projects, with submission requirements and deadlines. The site is regularly updated, user-friendly, and well-worth the attention of any creative writing student or aspiring writer looking seriously for publication opportunities.
'Creative Nonfiction' is hard copy journal dedicated to the art and craft of creative non-fiction writing. The journal's website provides supplementary online material which offers a useful starting point for researchers in creative and critical writing and literature, including a link to the Creative Nonfiction podcast and a monthly newsletter (archives available from 2007 onwards). The website also features tables of contents for back issues, with online extracts from selected articles, and related links. A profile of editor Lee Gutkind and his work is also on the site, which offers a user-friendly taste of the journal's interests.
Creative Writing <-> Science is a set of worksheets that constitute an activity pack on how to write using scientific ideas. The activity pack is designed for: teachers; schools; university students and writers. Each of the six worksheets is available as a PDF, which can be downloaded for educational or personal use. The pack covers topics including: titles; observation; editing; and viewing everyday events and objects through a scientific 'filter', and provides exercises and examples for each. The exercises are easy to follow and are pitched at students of all levels.
Creaturemag collides new writing (fiction and critical work) with visual art, music and design. The website includes sound, text and images in a self conscious attempt to push the limits of what might constitute an online journal. Contributions are invited, and back issues are archived on the site.
'Crime Time' is the website of the printed magazine of the same name. The site is a very useful resource for creative writers and students interested in crime fiction, providing details of recent publications in the crime genre and a comprehensive collection of reviews, which may be searched by the name of the book's author. Among the very many authors whose work is reviewed are: Jane Adams; Nicholas Blake; Jonathan Carroll; Michael Kimball; and Ed McBain. There are also feature articles, including Natasha Cooper discussing the problems of writing crime fiction in translation and Jason Starr discussing his novel 'Hard Feelings', as well as author interviews and profiles, featuring: Stephen Amidon; Gwendoline Butler; Lee Child; James Ellroy; and Jonathan Kellerman among others. There is also a section of links to other crime fiction-related sites and details on how to subscribe to the printed magazine. This site is full of fascinating insights into the researching and writing of crime fiction, featuring high profile names as well as new work. It is straightforward to navigate and while linked to a commercial magazine, has a large amount of open access material.
Critters Workshop is an online workshop and critiquing group for serious writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror, run by Dr. Andrew Burt (of the University of Denver, and also former vice-president of Science Fiction Writers of America). Membership is free and offers an unusual and useful resource, namely a co-operative arrangement whereby members critique one another's work to agreed guidelines and within set deadlines. Every piece of work submitted is open to the whole membership for consideration, and most manuscripts get between 15 and 20 critiques of around 800 words. The site includes a library with a collection of articles on: how to critique work in a constructive way; information on research sites; writer interviews; market information; and a wide range of additional useful material. Detailed instructions for submitting material are included, as well as ways to jump to the head of the not-inconsiderable queue. The site is very well organised and easy to navigate, making it a real find for new writers aiming at bringing their work to publication standard, and established writers looking to help others and to get external opinions on new work.
The online resource 'Ecopoetry Study Packs' is part of the Poetry Society website. As the title suggests, the Ecopoetry page aims to provide resources for teaching issues related to ecology and environment. The author of the Study Packs is Mario Petrucci, '[an] award winning poet, ecologist and educator', the Web page informs. The resource consists of three PDF packs: Poetry : The Environment; Biomimicry : Poetry; The Green Poetry Pack. They are available online, downloadable free of charge. The material included in each pack is flexible in its design to suit different levels of education and curriculum requirements: from year 9 to a university course. This teaching resource encourages and supports the use of strategies for creative thinking and independent imaginative writing. It provides complete lesson plans, including relevant texts of poetry and notes that help to approach the more challenging poems. This resource is commendable to teachers of poetry and creative writing.
This is the website for the Endicott Studio. Founded in 1987, the Endicott Studio describes itself as "an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the creation and support of mythic art". It is interdisciplinary in the sense that it is interested in the expression of myth, folklore and fairy tales through contemporary literary, visual and performance arts. It offers a resource for the study of 'myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts', which is likely to be of use to literature, creative writing and art researchers. It is also a very beautiful site, with images from well-known artists such as Archimboldo, Arthur Rackham and Alan Lee, among others, including Thomas Canty, Stu Jenks and Mark Wagner. This website is also home to the Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts, a quarterly online-only publication (from 1997 to 2008). The journal has three sections, for poetry; fiction; and art, drama and mixed media. Articles include: 'Sleeping Beauty' by Midori Snyder; 'Women and Fairy Tales' by Terri Windling; 'The Lore of Simple Things: Bread, Milk and Honey in Fairy Tales' by Ari Berk; and 'The Lore of Gemstones by Ellen Steiber'. Fiction and poetry by Tappan King, Barth Anderson, Laurie J. Marks, Neil Gaiman, Deborah Cash and Theodora Goss is included, amongst the work of a collection of distinguished writers. The gallery, which features art works and accompanying articles, displays a range of art forms, from fiber art and folk art to paintings and sculpture. Thematic exhibitions include masks, the green man and the green woman and shape-shifting (animal transformations), and a selection of historical displays include Kay Nielsen's Arabian Nights, the Pre-Raphaelites, Adrienne Ségur and Victorian fairy paintings. Other sections of the Endicott site include an online bulletin board, a blog, which ceased publication in May 2008, recommended books and reading lists. This site is a pleasure to view and read, through both the accomplished presentation and the quality of the creative and critical material it contains.
English Matters is an online journal dedicated to poetry and aesthetics, with particular attention to electronic publishing. This resource is one of the projects created by the New Media Group in English at the George Mason University. As a compendium of articles, interviews, poetry, prose and multimedia productions, English Matters is a vibrant addition to the possibilities of creativity on the Internet. Thematic interests of the articles published in this journal range from theoretical meditations on the question of the subject to more 'practical' pieces on epoetry and epoetry resources. It is clear, then, that English Matters is not simply an academic journal but also an invitation to creative writing. A very useful Links page refers the reader to other relevant online resources, the lists of which are either organised thematically, or annotated. This Web page also includes listings of events and exhibitions, as well as information on archives available to those interested in writing, theory and literature. Furthermore, this online resource provides a selection of teaching modules which have been 'designed by faculty in the English Department to help instructors integrate the materials presented in...[the journal] into their courses.' All in all, English Matters is a useful and ample resource, and it will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals alike.
The website of the English Subject Centre is one of the key resources for English teachers in UK Higher Education. The Subject Centre forms part of the UK's Higher Education Academy (formerly the Learning & Teaching Support Network (LTSN)), which promotes the sharing of innovation and good practice in learning and teaching, including the use of communications and information technology (C&IT). The English Subject Centre provides the English Literature, English Language, and Creative Writing communities with news of government programmes and funding initiatives that have an impact upon English studies. The 'Explore' section of the website provides a schedule of events organised by the Centre, which includes workshops and conferences on diverse themes, from studying Shakespeare to various approaches on how to teach creative writing. Also in the 'Explore' section, the user will find a long list of resources for English teachers, addressing topics such as: legal issues; student assessment and examination; plagiarism; access issues; the use of information technology; and funding opportunities. A 'Projects' page details the various projects with which the Subject Centre is associated. The site features an online discussion board, and there are mailing lists related to e-learning and Subject Centre activities that users may subscribe to. The website is available in English and Welsh versions.
'Exiled Writers Ink' is a website with the serious agenda of offering a means for writers living in exile in the UK and Europe to perform, publish and have access to training. The site is motivated by the belief that the communication and culture arising out of exile can become both a focus for willing integration of ideas and peoples and a force for positive change. The site would be of interest to researchers across a range of disciplines, including writing and cultural and media studies, and provides information on: the aims of the project; related events (London-based); current projects; related publications (including Exiled Ink's own magazine); samples of work and biographies of exiled writers; and a forum. The project includes work from emerging as well as established writers, and covers a range of genres and forms. This is a well-presented site and is easy to navigate.
'The Fourth River' is the website of the print journal of the same name, published by the Creative Writing Programme at Chatham College, Pittsburgh. Fourth River's focus is on writing which explores the interactions between humans and their environment, from a local or global perspective. The site provides tables of contents for past issues and various stories, poems and other extracts from the hard copy of the journal. Details of how to subscribe and submit material are also given. This publication is a good resource for contemporary English studies, but the interest in human/environment relationships may open it up to a broader range of researchers.
'The Hyperliterature Exchange' is a web database of online material available for sale. Hyperliterature can be defined as literature created in a digital format which cannot be expressed in print. It often employs the following elements - animations, sound-effects, nonlinear structure or interactivity. It includes electronic literature, cyberliterature, digital poetry, hypertext, new media literature and nonlinear literature. Of use to researchers in literature, new media and creative writing, this site also offers the opportunity to submit work for online publication. Clear guidelines on the selection criteria are given. The database may be searched or browsed by author, format, genre, price or title. A small number of full-text reviews are available on the site. There are links to the sites where each piece of work may be bought. Some showcase and sample material is included without charge. Authors include Mark Amerika, Edward Falco, Edward Picot, Eugene Thacker and Klaus Walter. Formats include CD, floppy disk, download and DVD, amongst others. The Hyperliterature Exchange also publishes reviews and articles about non-print publishing and the development of new media styles. This is a site full of new concepts for those used to working primarily with hard copy texts. It reveals the possibilities of hyperliterature, which may include sound, images and interactive features. It is a useful introduction to the wide range of material available and an insight into the energy and vigour with which it is being produced. Easy to use, this is a useful database with a range of valuable additional features and is regularly updated.
The Incwriters Society website is a collection of resources, information and support for writers at all levels of experience. Its main feature is 'Incorporating Writing' is the society's online magazine, which is published five times a year and includes factual articles on writers, books and events. Past issues feature interviews with Michael Rosen, Joanne Harris, Ian Rankin and Hilary Mantel. Each issue has an eclectic range of independently reviewed material from across the world, from small presses to major publishing houses and newcomers to well-known names. This offers a breadth of perspective which is typical of this site and part of its usefulness. The site's 'Client list' is a promotional feature offering information on the work, and availability for readings and workshops, of established and new writers who have been nominated and approved by the Society's criteria for excellence. Other aspects of the site include an events listing for readers and writers in the UK and beyond, up to date news of industry news and competitions and information on literary magazines. An unusual feature is the free e-cards series which all feature work from writers on the Client List. The 'Inclusive Links' section rounds of a straightforward and informative site, which has lots to offer any writer.
The website 'Indian English literature' aims to be a comprehensive overview and review site examining the great corpus of Indian literature in English. What it does it does very well - it is an attractive site with good reviews and with a survey of fairly recent publications, there is a good history of Indian English literature and a section called 'Reading room' which allows readers to access extracts from some of the most important works in the genre. There are more sections to this site than can be mentioned here, and most have some value, but this website has not achieved its aims at all. The authors say that there are new works appearing all the time, yet few of them appear here. Most sections of the site are underpopulated. It must be hoped that this is work in progress, for it could be a very useful website indeed, but is not currently living up to its potential.
'International PEN' is a worldwide initiative to promote friendship and cooperation among writers of all cultures, faiths and nationalities. It aims to 'fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature'. As a pro-active association, International PEN has committees and networks of writers covering various areas of concern, including: 'Writers in Prison'; 'Writers for Peace'; 'Translation and Linguistic rights'; 'Women Writers'; and 'Writers in Exile'. Each of these has newsletters, reports and charters which may be accessed via the website, as well as full information is available on all aspects of International PEN's work. Also available are: local addresses for worldwide representatives of the association; press releases; publications; and past newsletters. Membership is available to published authors through national centres and full information is given on the website. This site is straightforward to use and offers an insight into the potential of writing to bring people together. It is regularly updated and is very much a live resource.
'The Internet Writing Journal' is a free online magazine for readers and writers, established in 1997. The journal is issued monthly and provides a combination of: reviews; interviews; and articles. An archive is provided, and content can also be searched by keyword. Submission guidelines are also included, and contributions of 'how to', informative and journalistic articles are welcomed. The magazine does not publish fiction or poetry, but does actively seek articles of 750 - 1750 words on: developing writing skills; publishing; journalism; screenwriting; markets; Internet writing; and writing plays and songs. This site is regularly updated, with current, topical content and is straightforward to navigate and user-friendly. Writers and literature students would find this resource of interest.
Lapidus is the website of an organisation established to promote the literary arts as a theraputic tool. The website is a valuable resource for writers, English researchers and teachers wanting to explore how: reading; writing; performing; poetry; prose; drama; storytelling; and journal writing can contribute to personal well-being. Members of Lapidus include: writers; librarians; health care professionals; therapists; academics and teachers. There is a fee to join the organisation, but the website provides open access material, as well as the 'members only' content. The site is divided into sections: 'About' (information on the aims and foundation of the organisation); 'News and Events' (up to date information on conferences, regional meetings, job opportunities and related information); 'Resources' (various related articles, a general reading list and related links). This is a useful site, providing plenty of information on a growth area of interest to literature and health care professionals. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
The Literary Archives page is part of the Library and Archives of Canada website. This department in the Canadian National Archives houses the original manuscripts of several Canadian authors, as well as other archival fonds, such as: correspondence; professional and personal memorabilia; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; audio recordings; video recordings; photographs; and posters. Among the dozens of writers included are: Bernard Assiniwi; George Bowering; Dionne Brand; Nicole Brossard; Robertson Davies; Réjean Ducharme; Louis Dudek; Timothy Findley; Patrick Friesen; Gratien Gélinas; André Giroux; Jack Hodgins; W. P. Kinsella; Ron Lightburn; Daphne Marlatt; Erin Mouré; Michael Ondaatje; Catherine Parr Trail; Jacques Poulin; Gabrielle Roy; F. R. Scott; Carol Shields; Michel Tremblay; Jane Urquhart; Phyllis Webb; and Rachel Wyatt. Rules and regulations for access are provided. An online guide allows researchers to click on each author's name to call up a detailed summary of their career and importance. Further information is also provided in each summary on the archival holdings for that writer. Students of English literature would find this site of interest.
'The Library of Unwritten Books' is a project by artists Caroline Jupp and Sam Brown, in which they interview people about the books they dream of writing. The project's website is likely to be of interest to writers, new media researchers and anyone interested in the processes of reading and writing. The artists conduct recorded interviews in random encounters in shopping centres, parks and other public places, or on visits to hospitals, community centres and libraries. Discussions are spontaneous and people are encouraged to share their ideas for fiction, personal histories, and unrealised writing ambitions. Everyone who takes part receives a copy of their own unwritten book, and all the unwritten books are published as limited edition mini-books and made available at exhibitions and live events. The book club section of the website features three stories online each month, available as both HTML and PDF downloads. There is also a complete catalogue of the Library of Unwritten Books, and details of the live exhibitions of the work collected. It is intended that the collection will ultimately be permanently housed at the Mass-Observation Archive at University of Sussex. This is a straightforward site to use, and is regularly updated with selections from the live project. The site is in English, although some of the unwritten books are in other languages.
'Literature North West' is the north west of England's independent publishing network website. The site works to promote regional authors and publications, from internationally distributed poetry publishers to small original local magazines, with photography and graphic novels represented as well as written material. The website offers a useful resource to creative and academic writers researching publishing opportunities. The site links to 'Publishing North West', which provides details of all the independent publishing enterprise in the north east network, establishing the background, material published and track record, to enable writers to choose the correct organisation to approach. Well-known names such as 'Carcanet' and 'Headland' are among the book publishers listed, with 'Orbis' and 'The Reader' among the magazines. The main literature site also provides details of live literature events in the region, and an alphabetical list of authors currently promoting their work (with brief biographies of each). The site offers insight into the impressive range of regional publishing activity outside London, and is supported by Arts Council England North West.
The literaturetraining site offers access to a comprehensive range of information for writers at all levels of expertise. Run by seven of the leading literature organisations in the UK, whose full details are included on the site, the focus of literaturetraining is to offer information on training and professional development for writers, as well as events, job opportunities, workshops, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services, competitions, residencies and commissions. The combination of encouragement for both creativity and the practical needs of making a living as a writer make this a particularly useful resource. The site is open access with a free email newsletter that lists current opportunities, both in terms of work and training. The site may be searched under the headings of professional development; training, events and opportunities; training providers; resources; and funding. There is also a good selection of links to related sites. This resource is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
'London Literature Online' project is the work of two media charities: London Link Radio and Women's Radio Group. The aim of the project is to bring together: information; audio; and opportunities from London's literary scene, with particular focus on support for new writers and writing and recording for radio. The site provides details of writers' groups in the London area, as well as local festivals and events relating to writing and literature. There is also a section of related links (general rather than local resources) as well as links to local organisations and libraries. This resource would interest creative writers in the London area and beyond.
Taking its name from the Lewis Carroll character, Mad Hatters' Review is an tri-annual online journal, concerned with 'psychosocial issues, the pollution of minds, hearts, bodies and nature' and in offering 'Edgy, Enlightened Literature, Art and Music in an Age of Dementia'. It is likely to be of interest to researchers in media and communications and contemporary visual and literary arts at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Each issue is an eclectic collection of original visual art, poetry, fiction, comics and critical work, including exhibitions, book reviews and audio features. Recent issues include poetry by Joe Amato and Sally Molini; columns by Tantra Bensko and Helen Ruggieri. The Review welcomes and features a wide range of international contributions. The website includes submission guidelines and an archive of previous issues.
"Mapping the Transition from Page to Screen" was a project based at Nottingham Trent University, directed by Sue Thomas, involving the author Kate Pullinger. The project facilitated the examination and analysis of a unique body of material alongside a programme of experiential research. Kate Pullinger is a print-based author who was keen to investigate the potential of electronic literature. The project manager Sue Thomas, was originally a print-based author but is now working in both media. Both authors worked in tandem with a team of specialists at the trAce Online Writing Centre, Nottingham Trent University. The project website tracks the seminal moments of transition between the print and electronic media, whilst also seeking to engage in the issues inherent in this crossover. Kate Pullinger's online diary charts her progress in learning new skills and adjusting her mindset to accommodate these new electronic methods of communication. An extremely useful outcome of this project is the discussion of text as a medium and its role in the production of electronic communications, making it a valuable resource to researchers in new media and contemporary arts across a range of subject areas. The Project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Innovation Awards scheme.
'Moving Manchester : mediating marginalities' is the website of a three-year AHRC and Arts Council England-funded project hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University. Subtitled "How the experience of migration has informed the work of writers in Greater Manchester from 1960 to the present", the Project's aim is to bring creative writing on the topic of immigration to the attention of the public and academics. The website provides: an outline of the project; profiles of research team members; details of publications and a link to its electronic catalogue of relevant items recovered from the archives of Manchester's independent publishers and local libraries. There is also a 'Writers' Gallery' available, which comprises a number of original works by writers associated with Manchester, accompanied by short biographies. At the time of writing the project had reached its final stages, but the information remaining on the site would interest those studying creative writing or migration.
'Mslexia' is a high quality hard copy magazine aimed at women who write, from professionals to complete beginners. Its aim is 'to tell you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print'. The magazine's website is a useful resource for writers as it provides details of the magazine's submission guidelines, current calls for material and other writing projects, as well as subscription information. It also includes extracts of writing from the current issue and full samples of archive material. The writing is of a consistently high standard and each issue has a theme which may be found well in advance on the website. Recent themes have included 'God', 'Dogs', 'Shoes', 'Horror' and 'Ice' and selections from material submitted for the feature magazine are made by guest editors, who have included Hilary Mantel, Fay Weldon, Michele Williams and Muriel Gray. The presentation of the website, like that of the magazine, is of a very high standard, it is straightforward to navigate and has a large amount of sensible, practical and inspirational content.
Manifest O is part of the National Association for Literature Development (NALD) website. The main NALD site includes information on membership, events, links and recent news. While access to most of the NALD site is restricted to members, there is an archive here of public articles on literary professional development that are fully accessible. The 'Manifest O' pages particularly contain what are described as 'thinking papers,' which arose out of a conference in 2004, when over one hundred practitioners working in the field of literature met to discuss 'who we are and what we do.' The delegates included literature development officers, promoters, festival directors, librarians, writers and funders. The papers included are likely to be of interest to a wide range of researchers in literature-related areas, including education and performance. The papers cover a comprehensive consideration of the nature and role of literature development. Titles include 'Writer Development' by Claire Malcolm; 'Audience/Reader Development' by Chris Meade; 'Community Development: the use of literature as a tool in developing communities' by Emma Hewett; 'International Literature and Translation Activity' by Kate Griffin; 'Live Literature' by Ruth Borthwick; 'Storytelling in 2004' by Adrian Johnston; and 'Publishing and Selling Books' by Emma Hargrave. Articles contextualising the work of Manifest O may also be found by Naomi Wilds, Gary McKeone and Gavin Wallace; a feature on professional development by Philippa Johnston is also posted. These NALD pages are generally straightforward to use.
The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) is a UK organisation devoted to creative writing in education. All levels of education are covered, from primary to tertiary sectors, and all genres of writing fall under the association's remit. NAWE seeks 'to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.' They provide training workshops and publish a journal 'Writing in Education'. The NAWE website offers: a news service; details of forthcoming events and opportunities; information about writing courses, learning resources, and funding opportunities; links to other related sites. Each section of the site includes a chronological list of announcements or relevant references. The site also features a members' section that provides access to the articles published in 'Writing in Education' along with project reports, a members' directory, and an online discussion board. The site is well designed and easy to use. It should prove a useful resource for anyone involved with creative writing in education.
New Writing anthology is an online resource presenting the works of new authors from the UK and the Commonwealth. It is subsidised and administered by the British Council. The New Writing homepage provides links to current and previous issues of the anthology, interviews with contributing writers, as well as teacher's and reader's notes designed to encourage further studies of selected texts. New Writing has already promoted several prize winning authors whose works were first printed between its covers, e.g.: David Mitchell, Trezza Azzopardi, and Charlotte Mendelson. Other contributors include: Julian Barnes; Anita Desai; Doris Lessing; Michael Faber; Esther Freud; Ian McEwan; Graham Swift; and Salman Rushdie. The website is reliable, easy to navigate, and user-friendly. It may be of interest to students, individual readers, and reading groups, as well as those researching contemporary fiction, and teachers of literature and English. Each annual edition of New Writing is also issued in hard copy. The only drawback is the fact that due to copyright regulations texts are available online only for six months, and after that period readers are referred to the print publication.
'New Writing North' is the website of the writing development agency for the north east of England, which aims 'to create an environment in the north east of England in which new writing in all genres can flourish and develop'. The site provides resources for writers from all areas and at all levels of experience, including: regular newsletters; advice on applying for awards; resources for mentoring new writers; events listings; and details on the agency itself. This is a useful site, especially for creative writers living in the region. The agency is supported by Arts Council England.
The “North Carolina Writers’ Network” (NCWN) website is an online resource of a library and resource centre based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that supports local writers and organises workshops, conferences, and competitions. The homepage has up-to-date news about literary events and authors, numerous links to external websites and access to “White Cross School”, the journal of the writers’ network and its related blog. In addition, users have links to the rest of the site that include programs and services, features, news, and resources for writers. There is also access to the writers’ network newsletter, classified literary advertisements, and member websites and blogs. The entire site is keyword searchable and there is background information about NCWN and its purpose as well as information on joining the network. This online resource is an important introductory resource for the study of North Carolina authors.
This Web page(from October 2003) describes an Arts and Humanities Research Council/Arts Council England funded collaboration between novelist Alan Wall and physicist Dr Gron Tudor Jones. Drawing sources as varied as images of the cosmos produced by Hubble telescope and the paths of sub-atomic particles mapped at CERN, the project “explores from a literary perspective the largest and smallest objects analysed by modern physics”. The project resulted in a 2008 novel by Wall, Sylvie’s Riddle.
PENNsound was launched in January 2005. It is a non-commercial project to make available what is described as the largest collection of poetry soundfiles on the Internet. It is part of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. There are sound recordings to download, videos of performances and texts about authors.
The Peoples Archive is a website featuring the stories of the great thinkers, creators and achievers of our time. It is likely to be of interest to researchers across a range of disciplines at all levels. The Peoples Archive users modern technology to enable the existing generation of great people, who are leaders of their field, to share their stories, preserving them for present and future generations. Following the site's launch in May 2004, the Archive has been growing steadily and contains life stories grouped into seven sections: Arts, Film, Literature, Masters, Medicine, Politics and Science. Each filmed life story is accompanied by transcripts with complete bibliographies or filmographies, external links to relevant websites and illustrations. There are also internal links to other stories within the Archive relating to similar themes. All the life stories are free to view. Among the many life stories presented on Peoples Archive are those of scientists Francis Crick and Freeman Dyson. The Film section includes the filmmaker, Andrzej Wajda, and the documentary maker, Albert Maysles. The Literature section includes several of the greatest contemporary writers, among them Donald Hall and the Arts section includes illustrator Quentin Blake. Recent additions include theatre director, Sir Peter Hall, with the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, the computer scientist Donald Knuth and writer Doris Lessing being forthcoming. This is an ambitious and innovative site, which is user-friendly and straightforward to access.
The Poetry Kit is an international online resource for poets and poetry students. Its strongest feature is that it is consistently moderated by a working poet. The site provides lists of links to: competitions; courses; international events; funding info; How-to Books; other magazines; poetry organizations; poets home pages on the web; publishers, and Workshops. Users of the site can also sign up to receive the free monthly newsletter via email, and follow site updates via Twitter. Poetry Kit also runs online courses in poetry (fees required) at various levels. The site is of value to emerging poets; and a resource for those working on contemporary English poets and authors.
The Poetry Library is the website of a physical library based in the South Bank Centre, London. The library was founded in 1953 and holds the largest collection of modern poetry in Britain. Its collection includes all modern poetry published in the United Kingdom from 1912 and a wide selection of international materials in English dating from the 20th century to the present day. The Poetry Library website provides a catalogue and an online enquiry service as well as: details of current and past exhibitions; news of forthcoming events (poetry readings, appreciation classes, workshops); related links; lists of poetry publishers and poetry magazines; and advice for poetry reading groups. This resource would be of interest to anyone studying or writing poetry.
Poetry Portal is a site containing an overview of all things poetic. It has links to online poetry magazines (some of the poems are audio files), information on writing poetry, advice about online communities, publishing, events and courses. Although it strives to be an international website, the majority of information is Canadian and American.The home-page at first glance is a plethora of information and may seem difficult to navigate. The menu bars at the top of the page are a guide to more general and educational information (Poetry Styles, Themes and Poets in Focus) while the links within the page lead to competitions, online chat rooms and e-zine (Little Magazines, Hypertexts) listings. Under the heading Poetry Styles there are suggestions on literary criticism, a bibliography of useful critical theories, and examples of analysis, and there are useful tools for poets in the Poetry ToolBox. The section dealing with poets in focus has a range of works from Ezra Pound, Dante, Chaucer, Virgil and more. Poetry Portal is a site full of information for budding online poets, those who want to explore online poetry more fully, or researchers looking for a listing of online resources. Within each section there are numerous links leading to a myriad of sources discussing American Aesthetics, Online Literature, World Poetry and Postmodern theories. There is also a free online guide to reading, writing and critiquing poetry and a list of poetry events taking place mainly in North America but the site welcomes information on all locations.
'Poetry through the Ages' is an online exhibit funded and published by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Development (IDEA). The site is designed with: the interested reader of poetry; poets; students; and educators in mind, and to this end the content is fairly broad and introductory, rather than highly scholarly, in nature. The focus of the resource is the history of poetry in terms of form, from the very beginnings of human language and art, all the way to the 21st century. Overviews of each form of poetry are divided into several sections: 'Famous forms'; 'Classic forms'; 'Obscure forms'; and '21st century forms', and accompanied by: a short history of poetry as a medium; a section on poetry as a business; and tips on reading poems. Passages detailing form and history are backed up with examples from poets as diverse as: Sappho; John McCrae; Dylan Thomas; and Sylvia Plath. The site also uses an interactive 'node view' as an alternative way of exploring the history of poetry, albeit at a fairly basic level. Lesson ideas for teachers and tips to help writers create their own poetry in each form are also provided. The whole exhibition may be reproduced or displayed for non-commercial purposes, subject to attribution. This resource would be a valuable introduction to the subject for use by English teachers, as well as budding poets and fans of poetry more generally.
Poetrymagic.co.uk is an online guide designed for students and writers of poetry. The information on the site is divided into four main sections: general; publishing; advanced; and poets. The 'general' section includes basic information such as: the definitions of poetry; ways of critiquing poems; and genres of poetry. There are useful links to writer's resources, e-zines and some recommendations of good magazines and poetry books to buy. The 'publishing' section looks at: how to publicise your poetry; how to get poetry published; and creating a poetry website. The 'advanced' section covers: literary analysis of poetry; philosophical movements that have influenced and been influenced by poetry; and critical movements. The site invites responses as to how it could be improved and is updated regularly. It is a useful reference point for poets and English students.
“The Prose Poem: An International Journal” website is home to the annually published journal and allows full-text access to recent Web Issues, together with full-text access to book reviews and a substantial selection of prose poems taken from the publication’s back issues. The term “prose poem” is itself a matter of some debate, but the concept has its origins in the work of the French poet Aloysius Bertrand (1807–1841), and in Charles Baudelaire’s “Petit poems en prose”. Indeed, the introduction to every issue by the editor Peter Johnson is a defence of this genre. Contributing editors include major American writers such as Robert Bly, David Ignatow, Russell Edson and Charles Simic. In addition, there is information about the editorial board, the submission of manuscripts and subscription to the journal. This is a serious academic site, aimed at practitioners of this form of writing.
Pulp Net is a website hosting a collection of contemporary short stories and related information of interest to both students of creative writing and general readers of modern fiction. This small magazine, funded by the Arts Council of England, showcases three new short stories each month: two chosen from themed open submissions; and one written by an established writer. Writers and users of the site are also invited to contribute: reviews of books, CDs or fiction events; comments on the short stories; and promotional information about their own literary events. Since its inception in 2003, the site has frequently included contributions from established authors such as: D. B. C. Pierre; Maggie Gee; and Bernadine Evaristo. The site is easy to navigate, but its table-based layout does not cater for visually impaired users. The literary event listings are London-focused, but do include other locations from time to time. The site archives short fiction from previous issues, and there are links to sites connected with this month's established contributor.
The Rachel Carson website is a simple but well presented resource devoted to the life and writings of the important biologist, writer and ecologist, Rachel Carson (1907-1964). Best known for her famous 'Silent Spring', which was the first examination of the effects of pesticides on plants, animals and humans, Carson was a pioneer of the environmental movement. This site successfully illustrates the links between scientific study and creative response which is a strong feature of environmental writing. The straightforward layout uses a home page with a sidebar of headings which serve as a useful introduction to Carson's work and provide direction for further research. The headings include biography and obituary pages, information on recent publications on Carson's life and work, full lists of her own publications, a comprehensive list of resources for further study and links to related sites. There are also pages of information on forthcoming conferences and recent articles, some of which appear in full-text versions. This site is regularly updated and very easy to navigate.
Red room is a website that provides space for writers and aspiring authors to promote themselves and their work and connect with readers. Writers; agents; book lovers; and book clubs can join the site and use the site's social-networking facilities to interact. Authors and members can both be browsed alphabetically by name or by subject, or searched by name. Members can keep their own blogs and upload videos and pictures to their pages, as well as biographies. There are a mixture of authors on the site, including world-famous writers such as: Amy Tan; Candace Bushnell; and Daniel Handler. Students and researchers would find this site of interest as it contains author-generated content that is not necessarily available elsewhere.
American author Robert Winkler's Nature Writing website is an excellent example of the links between factual and creative writing which is a strong feature of material on ecology. Winkler sees himself as writing 'creative nonfiction that follows the tradition of New England nature writing perfected by Thoreau' and the great enthusiasm for his surroundings is a strong feature of the sample material on the website. The site contains a large amount of Winkler's work, laid out in a magazine format, with an introduction, followed by a long list of articles. Titles include Places: Call of the Black Spruce Bog, Rarities: Little Wanderer and Why I watch Birds. As well as articles on the natural world, particularly birds, there are also a series of essays on the practicalities of wildlife photography, extracts from critical reviews of Winkler's publications and a collection of quotations on nature and the environment from a diverse range of sources from Thoreau to John Burroughs. This site suffers a little from the promotional needs of the author, with links to articles in the New York Times and booksale sites, and the list of critical reviews somewhat labours the point that the work is valuable. There is enough of it on the site to make this clear to any reader, but it can seem a little lost amid all the razzamatazz. However, this is a very useful resource for researchers interested in creative non-fiction on nature and the author's knowledge and love of his subject outweighs some of the irritating features of his site.
The Romantic Novelists' Association was founded in 1960 for those who write and read romantic and historical fiction (traditionally the best selling and widest read novel genres). The RNA's website is a useful resource for aspiring romantic fiction writers, while the association itself welcomes: published and unpublished writers; agents; editors; publishing professionals; and others involved in literature development. The website gives full details of the association's schemes for promoting and encouraging good writing, including: high profile awards; the RNA New Writers' Scheme (an appraisal service coupled with membership of the RNA); and related events for members. The site also provides a list of author-members and their websites. The site is very straightforward to use and offers the option to join the association online.
Sci Talk is an online resource based on the idea that Scientists and Writers need each other. From this starting point, the site becomes a fascinating resource whereby creative writing researchers interested in the scientific background to their fiction can search for an expert with the ability to explain. Aimed at poets, playwrights and novelists, the site also addresses scientists interested in becoming contributors to add to 'the wealth of possibilities that are opened up to fiction by using science and scientists in their work'. Interestingly, the scientists have an agenda aside from contributing authentic detail to fiction as they need writers 'to show that they are normal people from all backgrounds with normal concerns', and not the clichéd figure so often found in novels. The site focuses on the diversity of scientific research and the many places aside from a laboratory that it can take place. A comprehensive search facility may be browsed by subject, scientist or keyword. The range of subjects includes not only the obviously scientific, such as high energy physics and forensic chemistry, but also sea monsters; medieval thought; and sheep. Each search topic leads to the contact details for a scientist interested in that area, with their background. The scientists listed range from PhD students to Cambridge University professors. This site is very straightforward to use and offers an unusual and invaluable resource for any writer wanting to ground their fiction in fact.
The 'writing' section of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website is a valuable resource for writers of all genres. Divided into sections for beginner, intermediate and advanced writers, the site offers a comprehensive range of advice. Articles include 'Frequently asked Questions for Beginner Writers', 'The Basics' and 'Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them', in the beginners section. For intermediate writers, the advice includes 'Hunting for a Literary Agent', 'Selling to Foreign Markets' and 'Worldbuilding Questions'. Advanced writers are offered considerations from 'The Theory and Practice of Titles' to '7 Reasons Fiction Writers Should Sell Non-fiction' and 'Writing SF for Kids'. Within each section are further articles aimed at different stages in a writing career, from 'Manuscript Preparation', to 'Career Recovery', with a large wide collection of material in between. Articles specifically addressing science fiction and fantasy topics include 'A checklist for Critiquing Science Fiction', 'Making Monsters' and 'Science in Science Fiction : Making it Work'. All the articles are written by professional writers and include practical experienced suggestions, often combined with humour, making them all very accessible. Also offered is an alarming feature called 'Writer Beware' which is described as 'the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Committee on Writing Scams'. This alerts writers to scams by publishers, agents, competitions and editors on a worldwide basis and makes important reading for anyone setting out as writer. While this site does have pages restricted to its members, the many open access pages are full of information and user-friendly, making for a valuable resource.
The website of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, an organisation founded in 1997 by the Scottish Storytelling Forum, reflects the Centre's status as a learning and resource centre for the art of live storytelling. The Centre, based in Edinburgh, describes storytelling as having the potential to offer: entertainment; stimulation; and education. The website gives details of the Centre's services, including: advice; training; events; and outreach, along with events listings and a searchable directory of Scottish storytellers. The Centre and its website would be of interest to students, storytellers and teachers alike.
'ScriptCircle' is a website for writers and performers of one-act and full-length plays. It is a useful resource for playwrights looking to showcase material for possible sale and performance. The aim of the site is to offer a user-friendly environment for writers to develop and sell new scripts and an easy starting point for companies looking for new material to perform. While the site takes a commission on download and on performance licence sales made through the site, there is no fee to register or publish material. The site does not own the material and all copyrights remain with the author. There are fully searchable catalogues of full-length and one-act plays, by authors such as Sally Beaumont, Akuo Ehoh, Robert Spencer, Stuart Lee, Gillian Plowman and Thom Wood. The site also offers full information on how to obtain free registration to upload plays onto the site and once registered members can publish their work, join in discussion forums, sign up for an optional newsletter and purchase performance licences. This site is very simple to navigate, clearly explained and well-presented. It offers an unusual and innovative means whereby playwrights and performers can work together to promote new work.
Segue is a free online literary journal based at Miami University-Middletown. The journal celebrates creative writing as a process as well as a finished product, and so aims to provide an educational element as well as a literary one. The journal is published annually, and features: fiction; poetry; and creative nonfiction. The website also provides the text of email interviews conducted with authors published in Segue by University of Miami students. A further section entitled 'Writing on Writing' highlights articles on the craft and process of writing, including a number of exercises. Details of how to submit work and a good list of related links are also given on the site. This resource would interest creative writing students as well as those studying English literature more generally.
Short Stories at east of the web is a website that offers full electronic texts of a variety of short stories, both classic and contemporary. The site showcases previously unpublished works, ensuring a good general level of quality through the site's editors. The stories can be browsed by genre, including: children's; crime; fiction; horror; nonfiction; humour; and romance, and can be: read online; downloaded for use on handheld devices; saved for future reading; or printed out. A random story can be produced by clicking on a link on the homepage and stories may also be searched by keyword. In addition, the website provides information on: reading; writing; and teaching stories as well as a comprehensive links page. The design of the site makes navigation simple, and the word games provided for English teachers are also easy to use. The site would be useful: to students studying at undergraduate level; as an outlet for students of creative writing and unpublished writers; or for teachers of: English; creative writing; and new media.
Sonnet Central is a web-based archive of English-language sonnets from the Middle Ages onwards, with commentaries and useful links. The site is also a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work. As a resource for English students up to undergraduate level, this site offers easy access to the sonnets themselves and basic research information. Sonnets are grouped by period and country of origin, but can also be browsed by author, or via the java navigation page. Users of the site should note that it is aimed at the general reader, and texts have been modernised. However, the site brings together a wide range of material and would be useful as a starting point for more detailed research, or as a contact-point for aspiring sonnet-writers. Texts and links to critical essays, as well as a wide-ranging annotated bibliography are also available on the site.
This website describes the “artist-to-artist” network ‘the space between words’. With its roots in a feminist art practices the space between words aims to establish a new, inclusive, model of writing-led projects, “curated by artists for artists”. These projects (which include symposia, workshops, publishing, exchanges, mentoring and dramaturgy) aim to connect the making of work with its hosting and drive new, non-hierarchical methods of collaboration. At the time of writing the website was incomplete, but included information about the project, a blog and profiles of those involved. The project has recieved funding from Arts Council England and the AHRC.
'Spread the Word' is the website of a literature development organisation working to support new writing and live literature events in London. The site is a useful resource for English and writing studies, providing information on: creative writing workshops; poetry readings; and other live events in London. For those not living in the London area, there is also a very useful resources section, providing pieces on: getting started as a writer; editing your first novel; and writing a CV and synopsis, among others. For readers, there is also advice on starting a reading group, with links to websites for resources offered by other organisations. At the time of writing the site's forum had been suspended, pending future developments to the site. The website is easy to use, and while it is clearly of most use to London based writers and literature enthusiasts, it also provides more general information and useful advice for those beyond.
'Strange Horizons' is a weekly online 'speculative fiction' magazine. The editors of the magazine define speculative fiction as 'what is more commonly known as "sci-fi" but which properly embraces science fiction, magic realism, slipstream and a host of sub-genres'. Its approach to speculative fiction is thoughtful as well as enthusiastic, making it a useful resource for researchers in literature and creative writing. The magazine is produced by volunteer staff and aims to 'raise the readership, appreciation and status of speculative fiction across the different forms of media'. Published items (freely accessible online) include: poetry; short fiction; articles; and reviews, and searchable archives of all these are provided. Once each month, an art gallery is included featuring the work of one speculative artist. Works by authors including: Jo Walton; Alex Irvine; Tim Pratt; Theodora Goss; Bruce Boston; and Richard Chwedyk have appeared on the site, as well as art by: Colleen Doran; Frank Wu; and Mark Heath. The articles provided cover a wide range of topics within the genre, including: gaming; fantasy literature; music; and film and readers are encouraged to provide feedback through an interactive forum. Submission guidelines are included for articles, fiction, poetry and artwork.
'Text: journal of writing and writing courses' is a full-text refereed ejournal. The journal is published twice a year, and at February 2009 the website offers an archive of back-issues that run from 1997 to 2008. The journal offers academic articles, plus poetry and book reviews. Example article titles include: 'Conceptualising creative writing practice using Pierre Bourdieu's framework '; 'Creative writers on campus/at universities' (a history); 'The Holocaust in fiction for young people'; and 'Draining creativity: the teacher-writer in the vampire academy', among others. Articles are available in plain HTML format. There is a useful "Index by Subject". The website has details of the editors and submissions process.
Textetc.com is a website devoted to "the craft and theory of poetry: composition, analysis and improvement of literary work". The site introduces different forms of poetry, divided here into 'traditional' and 'modernist', discussing their structure and style, as well as listing relevant poets and outlets for the various poetry types. Poetic movements discussed here include: romanticism; classicism; realism; formalism; conversationalist; surrealism; expressionism; minimalism; and postmodernism. There are also sections devoted to literary criticism and theory, with pages describing the various schools of criticism and the main theorists, complete with bibliographies and links to related sites. In addition to these, the site provides 'workshop' and 'exhibition' sections, which use poems and translations of poems by the site's editor, Colin John Holcombe, to illustrate the types of poetry discussed on the site. The 'resources' section provides related links and a bibliography of around eight-hundred books and printed sources referenced on the site. This resource would form a comprehensive introduction to the arts of poetry and criticism for students of English literature and creative writing.
Affiliated with Nottingham Trent University, trAce is a Web-based organisation devoted to connecting writers and readers from around the world in real and virtual space. This site is an archive of the work published by the Centre between 1995 and 2005, including original new media writing, articles and transcripts of practice-based discussions. The contents of the site are fully searchable, and images of print ephemera from the trAce offices may also be viewed. trAce has since been relaunched as an online journal by the University of Bedfordshire.
This is the website of Undergrowth, an online and printed magazine publishing "fresh analytical perspectives of Counter-Cultural thought", with contributions from poets, journalists, photographers, artists, musicians, film-makers and writers based in Australia. Undergrowth's website hosts an ebook library of emerging and established authors in downloadable PDF form. There is a gallery on the website, with images from various publications in addition to more detailed pages about specific online projects such as Nomadology. The video and audio sections of the website feature films, documentaries and performances, which can be watched on the website or via YouTube, requiring Flash plug-in. There is also music that is available free as podcasts or MP3 downloads.
Registered users can join the Undergrowth online community and contribute to the forum and there are also instructions on how to contribute to the magazine. Additionally the website has: current projects; reviews; comics and zines; news updates; press cuttings; links to relevant websites and a fair trade online shop.
The online resource 'University of Toronto English Library' is described as 'the main undergraduate and graduate site for students and faculty of the Deparment of English', University of Toronto. Considering its content and comprehensive character, it will be indeed of use to all students of English language and literature. It includes a sizable full-text collection of poetry, drama, prose and non-fiction works, together with a few items of criticism on George Eliot, and characters in William Shakespeare's plays. Users will notice, however, that access to some of the pages with texts of literary works is restricted to the University of Toronto students, staff and faculty. The website also contains a glossary of literary theory and Linda Hutcheon's essay on 'Irony, Nostalgia, and the Postmodern'. There are pages dedicated to the history of English language and English composition. Each of these pages provides a list of annotated references and links to relevant resources. The site also contains pages of a number of projects and research centres: Epistolarvm - The Evelyn Letters Project; The Northrop Frye Centre. A number of links to faculty home pages are available, along with undergraduate and graduate course pages - often featuring useful bibliographies. The site also hosts the full catalogues of the Toronto University Library.
'Vanity Publishing : a Campaign for Truth and Honesty' is as much a life-mission as a website. Hosted by Jonathan Clifford, who coined the term 'vanity publishing' in the 1960s, it makes interesting reading for creative and academic writers, keen to see their work in print, who may find themselves being taken advantage of. Clifford has campaigned since the early 1990s and was invited to speak in the House of Lords in 1999 about the problems of 'rogue traders' in the publishing world. His website is full of information about vanity publishing, self-publishing and the differences between them, how to recognise a bad deal and the charges made by qualified skilled professionals for services such as proof-reading and copyediting. He includes advice on what to expect when presenting work to a mainstream publisher or small presses, and offers also 'Points to Ponder' and invites involvement in his campaign to change the law to prevent the exploitation of writers by vanity publishers. There are free advice guides on all aspects of publishing which offer comprehensive assistance. Acrobat reader is necessary to access much of the material on this site, which is generally user-friendly and easy to navigate.
'Write Better English' is an Australian website which aims to connect "people who love words and who can write well with people who want to improve their writing". It is likely to be of use to undergraduates, budding writers, and any scholar needing to develop writing skills with an emphasis on style and punctuation, with an informal but accurate approach. The site can be browsed by type of user or their requirements. As an example, the section for students includes: access to the seminal work by William Strunk, 'Elements of Style', first published in 1918; a list of tips for essay writing; advice on common writing mistakes; and suggested words for developing a wider vocabulary. The resources section includes: a blog; a forum; and book reviews, many of which are available to more than one user-group. The site requires free registration for membership, although a considerable amount of material is open-access.
'Writers for the Future' is the website of a project which ran from 2003 to 2005, which was dedicated to the exploration and development of writing using the Internet, and offered criteria for best practice for new media writing. The website provides general project information, plus: newsletters; press releases; and press coverage from the period that the project ran. Users of the site can also dowload the print view of the project, as a PDF. While of interest to any writer exploring non-traditional forms, this site is likely to be of particular use to students of creative writing degree courses searching for subjects for special study or innovative practice. The project was funded by NESTA, and co-managed by the trAce Online Writing Project at Nottingham Trent University and the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University.
'The Writers Post' is an online electronic writing magazine, published biannually, which aims to provide writers with an opportunity for publication and readers with high quality new material. The magazine seeks to raise the profile of high quality Vietnamese writing and to encourage English-speakers to enjoy material from other cultures, and so features Vietnamese writing in translation alongside English material. Featured Vietnamese work includes short stories and poems, many of which first appeared in 'Songvan', a now discontinued magazine of literature and art, or in Vietnamese-language literary magazines. The English section includes: verse; fiction; essays; and artwork. Full submission guidelines are included. The magazine's archive goes back to the original issue in 2000 and there is also information on publications by contributors to the magazine, along with their biographies. The layout of the site means that the content is sometimes difficult to find, but the material is beautifully presented and of good quality. This resource would be of interest to writers and those studying literature in translation.
'WritersServices' is a website offering a wealth of information for writers at all levels of experience. The range of resources and links is very broad, from basic information on submitting work to complicated legal issues. Sections include: 'WritersForum'; 'WritersShowcase'; 'Help'; resources; WritersBookstall'; 'Editorial Services'; and 'Web How-to'; among others. Within each of these are numerous subheadings, covering everything from plotting a first novel to finding US and UK agents to promote the finished work. Also online is the website's own monthly magazine, with indexes and extracts from earlier issues. Features include reviews of recent national publications and of hard copy and online magazines for writers. The design of the website's home page is somewhat confusing and jumbled, but within the site there is a huge amount of easily accessible information and useful further links for writers.
www.laurahird.com is the website of a successful Scottish novelist, described as one of the 'most accomplished and fresh young voices around' in 'The Times' for her first novel, 'Born Free' (1999). Laura Hird's website features not only information on her life and works but also a large collection of reviews, interviews and new writing. A section of the site headed 'The New Review' features: the 'Showcase' (short stories, poetry and extracts of work by new writers); reviews of classic and new writing; and reviews of films, music and literary magazines. A full index is also provided. While this is Laura Hird's official website, it reads more like a literary e-zine in many respects. Hird's presence is very strong throughout as she offers her favourite: prose; poetry; music; and events, as well as information on: writing opportunities; competitions; and links. The site provides a wide range of useful material for writers and students of contemporary literature.