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Resources: writing, publishing; yoga & meditation; cafes

books for writers

"Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish," Sue Bender

"I Remember," Joe Brainard

"The Artist's Way: A Spritual Path to Higher Creativity," Julia Cameron

"The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom," Felicia Rose Chavez

"The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World," Lewis Hyde
"The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling," Charles Johnson

"The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear," Ralph Keyes

"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life," Anne Lamott

"Writing for Your Life: Discovering the Story of Your Life's Journey," Deena Metzger

"A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing," David Mura

"Letters to a Young Poet," Rainer Maria Rilke
"Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind," Anna Deavere Smith

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resources for productivity & organization

(This is a list of programs and tools that have helped others. This isn't an endorsement.)


Freedom distraction blocker
Time-management apps & other resources for ADHD adults
More time-management apps
toggl timetracker
Pomodoro technique
moosti timer
32 Tools and Apps Freelance Writers Swear By

Printable monthly calendar


How to Organize Your Work & Your Life, Robert Moskowitz (I do like this book. It's got me where I am today, which may or may not be considered an endorsement.)
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination & Enjoying Guilt Free Play, Neil Fiore

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online meditation & yoga

15-minute meditation for anxiety--Yoga with Adriene--recorded
20-Minute Guided Meditation for Reducing Anxiety and Stress--Clear the Clutter to Calm Down--recorded
30 minutes de yoga pour débutant (en français)--recorded
Chair yoga & more with Melissa, Kindpact--recorded
Current Vibrations--healing through sound, search site for Chicago calendar
Got cancer? Free membership, Gilda's Club w/ access to meditation & yoga classes, some en español
Guided meditations in English y español & many other languages, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center--recorded
Om chanting that I like for concentration
Soul-healing from Rebuild Foundation
Wellness Series, U of Chicago: Pilates, yoga, meditation--recorded
Yoga classes in person and online, Chicago Park District

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resources for Chicago writers: organizations & venues

Association for Women Journalists, Chicago
Chicago Live Lit calendar 
Chicago Headline Club
Chicago Literary Alliance: organizations working on literacy
Chicago Poetry Center

Chicago Writers Association
City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Evanston Writers Workshop
Guild Complex multicultural literary arts organization

Her Chapter (women)
Illinois Arts Council
Inner-City Muslim Action Network: Arts & Culture

Just Write Chicago

Meetup writing groups
Society of Midland Authors
Rebuild Foundation Stony Island Arts Bank
University of Chicago Arts + Public Life

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writers' organizations & workshops

American Society of Journalists and Authors
Asian American Writers' Workshop
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Authors Guild
Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry
Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
Kundiman (Asian American writers and readers)
Latinx in Publishing
National Writers Union
PEN America

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
VONA: Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation

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resources for writers

Erika Dreifus' The Practicing Writer newsletter
Agent Query free database
Red Fish Studio daily notices re: submissions &tc.
Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalists, Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi
Association of Writers & Writing Programs: conferences & residencies, MFA program guide, writers' calendar
Creative Writers Opportunities compiled by poet Allison Joseph
Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
Writers Write
New Pages: small press & journal reviews, calls for submission
Jane Friedman: publishing & marketing advice & links
Poets & Writers classifieds: calls for submissions
Entropy: where to submit

Felicia Chavez discussing the Anti-Racist Writing Workshop (book) on youtube

Sonoma County Literary Update: lots of resources

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articles for writers

"A New Year Brings Fresh Author Envy," Nancy Johnson
"Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction," Zadie Smith
"Is 'Show Don't Tell' a Universal Truth or a Colonial Relic?," Namrata Poddar
"On Keeping a Notebook," Joan Didion
"Psychic Distance: what it is and how to use it," Emma Darwin
"Shitty First Drafts," Anne Lamott
"Who's at the Center of Workshop and Who Should Be?" Matthew Salesses
"How to Tame a Wild Tongue," Gloria Anzaldúa
Paris Review interviews with writers
Writers of Color Discussing Craft: an invisible archive (part of de-canon)


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favorite cafes for writing

CHICAGO: *=has outdoor space

North Side--

Bourgeois Pig*, Osmium*, Bombastic*, La Boulangerie*, Ritual*, Two-Hearted Queen*

South Side--

Hallowed Grounds, Plein Air*, Cafe Jumping Bean

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