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Diving For Pearls

Online writers' resources by Ingrid Bruck


Ingrid Bruck is an editor at Between These Shores.  She was a featured writer in BTSA Issue #2. Her column is devoted to online writer resources. She found her own writer support community online. Writing this column is one way of "paying it forward". 

Diving for Pearls: Online Writers Resources

BTS Books strives to be a writers resource. Toward that end, we invite writers to share their information, link, and news of interest for the literary community. 

Email your pearls of resources for writers to:

Ingrid Bruck, Network and Resource Editor


January 2023

Some Year in Review Offers for Writers


The end of the year comes with looking back. It's a traditional time to assess what worked and what didn't. In the writer's marketplace, this celebration of successes tends to be good for writers. A vendor of writer services may proffer some of their best products produced during that year and make them available free of charge. The supplier does it to thank the buyers, as well as to market themselves, all writers can benefit from this largesse.  


The year-in-review process produces some fine writer sites, such as:


The Writer's Workshop @ Authors Publish  -  the full recordings from our 2022 lecture series, including all 12 lectures on writing and publishing, free for a limited time only. This publication advice series is produced by best-selling authors, editors, and world class experts.  Get Full Access to All 12 Lectures Here


18 Free or Low-Cost Writing Residencies to Apply for in 2023: Focusing on your craft doesn't have to break the bank by MONICA MACANSANTOS, DEC 27, 2022, The Millay Colony, Electric Literature on Twitter. 


This writing residency list includes:  

I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut

Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota

Art Omi in Columbia County, New York

Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Corsicana Artist & Writer Residency in Corsicana, Texas

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska

MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Marble House Project in Dorset, Vermont

Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, California

Millay Arts in Austerlitz, New York

Monson Arts in Monson, Maine

Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois

Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer, Alaska

Ucross in Clearmont, Wyoming

Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York



Writer's Digest Magazine produces craft advice for authors in a wide variety of genres, it's a noted source for good information and advice for authors. Not only does WD offer high-quality for-pay writer classes, the magagzine produces a series, Year in Review, of some of their best writer carft articles, available free of charge. 

Here are two Writer's Digest Magazine "Year in Review" articles with good writing advice:  

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel, by JENNA KERNAN, MAY 14, 2022 in Writer's Digest.  Best selling author Jenna Kernan offers six dos and six don’ts of revealing critical backstory in a novel.


15 Things Nobody Told Me About Book Publishing, by SALLY KOSLOW SEP 13, 2022 in Writer's Digest. Novelist Sally Koslow reflects on 15 things she wished she knew that nobody told her about book publishing.



Thanks for being a reader of this column in 2022. I hope the Diving for Pearls column,

courtesy of Between These Shores, helps you find useful online information for writers.


May your writing flourish in January 2023!  

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