The Literary Diaspora

DISCLAIMER: By definition, you’ll be linking to third party sites from these Links-We-Love pages. Linked sites are not, however, reviewed or controlled by Wadadli Pen (the blog, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize nor coordinator/blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse); and Wadadli Pen (the blog, the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and coordinator/blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse) disclaims any responsibility or liability relating to any linked sites and does not assume any responsibility for their contents. In other words, enter at your own risk. – largest, oldest, and most popular online bookstore dedicated to Black literature (US based and beyond); also provides a variety of resources and services to authors. – Arvon Blog. – literary terms. – A Year of Reading the World. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Check out my interview with the author on the Caribbean leg of her journey. – Batchelor of Arts Theatre online – great site for the interviews alone, but also has much more; on the arts in general and the theatrical arts in particular. – book recommendations out of Africa.

Bernice L. McFadden – African American writer with Bajan roots. Where she blogs.

Black Book News – UK based blogger on black books, and other things literary.

Blurb is a verb – a good resource for tales from the writing (and publishing) trail.

Breadloaf Writers Conference – – I participated in this long running Vermont conference in 2008 thanks to the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellowship.

 It was an amazing experience and one I’d highly recommend. Think daily readings and workshops by writes of the highest calibre – Ursula Hegi (who was my workshop leader), Lynn Freed, Robert Boswell, Edward P. Jones…I could go on. But check the link for yourself. – The Callaloo Writers Workshop out of Texas A & M. I did it. I highly recommend it.

Just bookmarked the Center for Fiction and thought I’d share it here.

Commonwealth Writers Commonwealth Writers – Lots to read, lots of opportunities – Story Writing 101.

Hurston Wright – uniting the legacies of literary adversaries Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright into a mega award much coveted by black authors and a writing programme that helps to prepare the next generation of wrtiers.  Founded by Marita Golden, this is the site.

Home Slice – a space for readers, viewers, and listeners looking for the stories, information and inspiration that mass media can at best deliver in quick hits.

The Journal of Commonwealth Literature – With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers, and information scientists.

The Literary Encyclopedia – The Literary Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving and updating repository of authoritative reference work about literary and cultural history.

Marita Golden – African American author and founder of the Hurston Wright programme for African American and diasporic writers.

The Modern Novel – a website that celebrates the world-wide literary novel since approximately the beginning of the twentieth century, arranged by nationality.

Online Writing Lab – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. And it’s free.

The Open Library – – you are the librarian. – “How do you begin? You have to get to a very quiet place inside yourself…”

Poets and Writers – Don’t know this writer but sharing because of her sharing her experiences re publishing and writing, might provide some useful insight for others.

Questions and Quandaries Blog at Writers Digest.

She Writes – – female-centric industry news, networking, and more.– An alum of the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival and well known African American author, her blog is good reading on troubleshooting the writing life. – This site (now archived) seems committed to giving new and emerging writers a window to a wider audience.

Voices from the Gaps – an archive spotlighting the works of marginalized artists, particularly women writers of colour in North America.

A good spot to check for writing contests – Winning Writers. Also Don’t forget to search Opportunities on this site as well. – Was thinking of the million and one things I had to figure out on my own and then adapt to my market when I started freelancing (some of which I’m still figuring out) and thought this might help for those of you with questions about how to do it.

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