If you haven't heard about TED talks, you're in for a treat -
TED is a nonprofit devoted to "ideas worth spreading" - their mission is " to provide a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers, and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other."
The Purdue OWL - Creative Writing - or OWL, as it is called - offers over 200 free resources on grammar, punctuation & other mechanics of writing, style guides, help for writer's block and more.
Though much of the site may be geared more toward academic, profession, and technical/nonfiction writing, there is a creative writing section as well.
The Florida Book Awards is an annual awards program that "recognizes, honors & celebrates the best Florida literature and books about Florida published in the previous year."
STORY CORPS is an independent, nonprofit organization which in 2013 is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "listening to America." They have a wonderful page of questions in various categories - to get you started on stories of your life called GREAT QUESTIONS. You can use them to inspire yourself to write, or start a conversation with a loved one or friend.
For more than a decade now, Brevity has published well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form, along with craft essays and book reviews.
Writers Digest is an online site with a wide variety of resources for those writing at any level, as well as those interested in writing. It includes - articles, resources, free webinars and tutorials. There are also weekly writing prompts as well as access to hundreds of past prompts. A writing tip of the day, with archived tips is another nice feature.
American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Ted Kooser. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry in our lives & culture. In addition to the current poem/column, you may access archived columns.
Want a break from your own writing? Or heaven forbid, got Writer's Block? Give yourself a treat and read some of the "Real Florida" columns of Tampa Bay Times Staff writer Jeff Klinkenberg. He's also written books and we have some of them at the library - ask us!
Jeff Klinkenberg - "Real Florida" columns
The Poetry Foundation, based in Chicago, is the publisher of Poetry magazine, the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. The Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.
Their site includes not only Poetry magazine, but also audio, podcasts, video documentaries, resources such as a Learning Lab, articles, childrens poetry, a poetry blog named "Harriet" after the founder, and more.
This is where we will be featuring short pieces / excerpts of writing (under 1,000 words) from our own library-sponsored writing groups. We're taking this as an opportunity to showcase a variety of writing ranging from fiction (flash fiction, for example), nonfiction such as writing about one's life memories, poetry, and more.
My First Paying Job, by Joyce T. (Writing Your Life Stories Group)
My Most Memorable Christmas, by Jack Joyce (Writing Your Life Stories Group)
The Coal Plant by Doris S. (Writing Your Life Stories Group)
I Clearly Remember the Day, by Gloria Grieco (Writing Your Life Stories Group)
Our Family Dog Lady, by Royal DeVries (Writing Your Life Stories Group)
Afghanistan, by Royal DeVries (Spring Hill Writing Group) - Fiction
My Melody Motion Clock, by Marie Rizzi (Spring Hill Writing Group) - Nonfiction)
The Missing Shadow, by Judy G. Burford (Spring Hill Writing Group) - Childrens' Fiction
Tragedy in Pennsylvania, by Judy G. Burford (Spring Hill Writing Group) - Fiction
Open up your mind, and download some writing inspiration from - "To the Best of Our Knowledge" - a nationally-syndicated radio show that, as they put it, "cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine."
BRAINY QUOTE is an excellent resource for quotes. Searchable by topic or person. Get your Quote of the Day fix here!
THE WRITER'S ALMANAC is from American Public Radio and is a daily feature with host Garrison Keillor, available to read or listen to. It is an interesting resource with author quotes, a daily poem, an "On This Day" feature, and author birthdays with brief biography & link to that author's works.
There is also a WRITER'S ALMANAC BOOKSHELF with writer interviews.
Our Universal Class is a great new online resource available from our Library website - www.hernandocountylibrary.us
This is a resource which is available to you FREE with your library card, at home OR in the library if you do not own your own computer, tablet or other mobile device to access. Among the over 500 non-credit Continuing Education courses are over 40 writing courses.
THE CENTER FOR THE BOOK in the Library of Congress has all sorts of resources for kids, teens, adults and educators & parents - for the purpose of promoting books, reading, literacy, and libraries. There are Booklists, Author Webcasts and more.
Florida Center for the book is one of the state affiliates with its own resources.
Published monthly, both print and online - WRITER magazine online includes their current issue, articles, resources, writing prompts... Use WRITER to get some good tips and improve your writing.
Literary Jukebox from www.brainpickings.org - includes a daily quote from a favorite book, along with a song to listen to, that goes along with the quote's theme.
Check it out!
Writing Forward is a creative writing blog that launched in September of 2007 and in 2012 was included in Writer's Digest list of 101 Best Writing Websites. Their mission is to share helpful tips & ideas for writers.