Writers Resources

This page has been developed to offer our writers resources and some suggested contacts that they might find helpful in the future.

Smart Quill Editorial

Philippa Donovan runs her own literary and digital consultancy, Smart Quill Editorial, the first of its kind. The consultancy offers bespoke author services to writers of any genre, and  provides a place for authors to take their work and progress it post-retreat.


NSW Writers’ Centre. Classes run year round.

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre in Sydney, Australia, is a wonderful meeting place for writers. If you are a Sydney local and want to take part in some classes, I don’t think you can find much better. Mentors are also available.

Lori Hetherington Translation

Lori Hetherington is available to help Italian writers prepare their manuscripts and book proposals in English. Lori runs her manuscript preparation and translation company from Florence.

Jane Friedman Blog

Full of helpful resources on managing your writing career online. In particular, her entry Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis is excellent.

Better Novel Project

Advice on writing novels using research and analysis, breaking down bestselling novels and categorizing them based on their common elements.

Varuna, the Writers House

A writers’ network with news and information on writing-related events and resources in Australia.

Funds for Writers

Tips and tools for finding ways to fund your writing in the United States.

The Write Life

Advice and tips for developing your craft and getting your work into readers’ hands.

Res Artis

Worldwide network of artist residencies.

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing

Dean Wesley Smith offers lots of helpful articles on common myths and misconceptions about the publishing industry and writing.

The Elements of Style

An invaluable resource for writers of any genre.

NaNoWriMo. Held every year in November.

A yearly challenge from November 1-30 to complete the first draft of a novel. The website offers a great community and forum of aspiring writers.

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