Writing Resources

DongWon Song, Maggie Stiefvater, Patrice Caldwell, Yanyi, and others have blogs with extensive resources for plotting, drafting, revising, querying, and beyond. My personal favorites include:

Querying:

Manuscript Wish List is a searchable database whereby you can find out which agents are looking for books in your genre, wished they had represented your comp title, are suckers for heist stories, etc. Some agents also tag their #MSWL on Twitter!

QueryShark was where I learned what a good query letter looked like. Checking out the flap copy of comp titles on Goodreads is also great for this, as is a second (or third, or fourth, etc.) set of eyes.

Twitter pitch contests, though perhaps not as popular as they were a few years ago, are a great way to connect with authors who are just as obsessed with diaspora feels share your interests. Reputable contests include (but are not limited to) #dvpit, #SFFpit, #pitmad, and #pitdark; check out #cpmatch if you’re looking for a critique partner (but make sure to exchange excerpts to see if you’re a good fit before tossing over your entire novel, or having an entire novel tossed at you).

Mentorships and Networking:

Author Mentor Match, PitchWars, SFWA, and Avengers of Color have great mentorship programs for getting plugged into the online writing community! (Note: the SFWA mentorship is more career-focused than revision-focused. You do not have to be a SFWA member to apply to be a SFWA mentee.)

Conventions such as Flights of Foundry, 4th Street Fantasy, WisCon, the Nebulas, FIYAHCON, and DVCon are great places to meet other writers, attend craft panels and workshops, drink coffee with cool authors and agents over Zoom, etc.

Additional continuing education:

In SFF, Cat Rambo’s Academy for Wayward Writers, Clarion West, Odyssey, Writing the Other, and Gotham Writers Workshop offer online classes on various topics to level up your writing skills. I also highly recommend the one-week Viable Paradise workshop because it’s awesome. If you are available for 4-6 weeks in the summer, check out the Odyssey Workshop, Clarion WestClarion, and Taos Toolbox.

Catapult and Kundiman offer quality online workshops in (literary-leaning) fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, travel writing, and more, the latter with a particular emphasis on BIPOC writers and experiences.

Here is a list of genre-friendly MFA programs, and here’s a resource from SFWA on grant applications.