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Resources: writing, publishing; yoga & meditation; cafes; nonfic books in fragments

books for writers

"Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form," Madison Smartt Bell

"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

"A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life," George Saunders
"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.)


London Writers' Salon free Zoom write-alongs at 2, 7, 10am & 3pm Chicago time, weekdays

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
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
Driftwood Press: where to submit (lit mags)

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

Sonoma County Literary Update: lots of resources

Manuscript Wish List (what agents and editors want) 

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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)

"Six Ways to Publicize Your Jewish Book," Erika Dreifus (contains good general advice, too)

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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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Memoirs and essay collections written in fragments and small stories (list that goes with Jan. 26, 2022 class via Park Ridge Public Library)


Shifting the Silence, Etel Adnan

Of Colour, Katherine Agyman Agard

Companion to an Untold Story, Marcia Aldrich

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Dorothy Allison

Berlin Childhood around 1900, Walter Benjamin

Notes from No-Man's Land; Having and Being Had, Eula Biss

The Book of Imaginary Beings, Jorge Luis Borges

I Remember, Joe Brainard

Decreation (multi genre), Anne Carson

No Relation, Paula Carter

The Crying Book, Heather Christle

On the Home Front, Mary Jo Clark as told to Jack Clark

Paris Vagabond, Jean-Paul Clebert

The Devil Never Sleeps, Andrei Codrescu

This Story Will Change, Elizabeth Crane

The Memory of Fire Trilogy: Genesis, Faces and Masks, and Century of the Wind; Eduardo Galeano

Heating and Cooling, Beth Ann Fennelly

Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Little Labors, Rivka Ricki Galchen

Colored People: A Memoir, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Woman and Nature, Susan Griffin

Still Life With a Bridle, Zbigniew Herbert

I Remember King Kong (The Boxer), Denis Hirson

A Bestiary, Lily Hoang

The Book of Resemblances; The Book of Margins; Edmond Jabes

Trespasses, Lacy Johnson

The Folded Clock: A Diary, Heidi Julavits

Wife/Daughter/Self: A Memoir in Essays, Beth Kephart

The Periodic Table, Primo Levi

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Yiyun Li

Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, Paul Lisicky

Selected Cronicas, Clarice Lispector

Sidewalks, Valeria Luiselli

Socialist Realism, Trisha Low

300 Arguments, Sarah Manguso

How to Stop Time, Ann Marlowe

A Leak in the Heart, Faye Moskowitz

Bluets; Argonauts; Maggie Nelson

I Remember, Georges Perec

Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine

Intimate: An American Photo Album, Paisley Rekdal

Late Migrations, Margaret Renkl

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Sarah Ruhl

Sex Talks to Girls, Maureen Seaton

Unbearable Splendor, Sun Yung Shin

A Postcard Memoir, Lawrence Sutin

A Three Dog Life; Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, Abigail Thomas

FIve Plots, Erica Trabold

My Life as a Foreign Country, Brian Turner

Micrograms, Nicole Walker
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order, Joan Wickersham


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