22 online resources to strengthen your writing in lockdown

April 22, 2020

Going stir-crazy stuck inside? Missing the friendships and social engagements with the creative writing community? I know I am!

While attending in-person events is a wonderful thing, online writing resources mean that creative writing is more accessible than ever, especially if you live outside of a major city.

Here’s a list of 22 online resources to improve your writing and keep connected to the writing community during this difficult time.

Writing courses

  • Masterclass offer online writing courses with big names like Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown and Neil Gaiman
  • Clarion have been offering online workshops with noted SFF authors, although they’re so popular many are full
  • Writing the Other offers courses on writing diverse characters
  • The Australian Writers’ Centre offer online writing courses on a huge range of topics
  • Kill Your Darlings include workshops on speculative fiction with Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Meyer
  • Queensland Writers Centre offer online courses, especially for authors starting out
  • Writers Victoria have online workshops including many genre fiction classes with well-known Australian authors
  • Writing NSW also offer online writing workshops
  • ProWritingAid are offering free writing workshops online
  • NT Writers Centre are offering online workshops

Writing events

  • Readings bookstore are putting on free online events and book launches
  • The Emerging Writers’ Festival is launching their programme online
  • WorldCon will be streaming their panels and programming online at the end of July
  • Sisters in Crime are starting to deliver online events and sharing them on their YouTube channel
  • Pandemic Book Launches is a Facebook group dedicated to horror and dark fantasy book launches, out of Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • Melbourne Writers Festival will be heading online this year

Support for authors

Do you have a recommendation for an online tool to help writers at this time? Let me know in the comments below.

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