If you’re a writer looking for advice on craft or publishing, here are some of my favourite resources.

These are all resources I use/have used and love/have loved.


Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need and Save the Cat Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out of by Blake Snyder

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M. Weiland

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo by Grant Faulkner

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Art-Making by David Bayles and Ted Orland

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett


First Draft with Sarah Enni

YA author Sarah Enni interviews authors and other bookish types about writing craft, publishing, and everything in between. This is truly one of my favourite places to hang out on the internet.

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

I’ve just discovered this podcast, and, though it’s not entirely about writing and writers, there are many writers interviewed on it. Successful people talk about their failures, basically. It’s fascinating and encouraging. My favourite episode is the one with Jessie Burton

88 Cups of Tea

Yin Chang interviews authors and agents about writing, querying, and publishing. This is one of the most practical, in depth podcasts about the business of writing, and it’s certainly worth a listen.

All About Query Letters

Susan Dennard’s website has an incredible arsenal of tools on how to write a query letter.

Query Shark showcases critiques of real query letters so you can learn what to do (and what not to do).

Check out Manuscript Wish List to find out what kinds of projects literary agents are actively searching for.

Literary Rambles has loads of interviews with literary agents.

The SCBWI is a wonderful organisation for writers of picture books, middle grade, and young adult, and they have a chapter in pretty much every city in the world.

Check out the hashtags #querytip, #amquerying, and #mswl on Twitter for querying advice and tweets from agents about what sorts of books they’d like to see in their inboxes.

Blogs & Articles

Helping Writers Become Authors

Susan Dennard’s blog

Laini Taylor’s blog

Sarah Selecky’s blog

This post about word count standards by literary agent Jennifer Laughran

Advice to Writers

Chuck Wendig’s blog

The Save the Cat blog

This interview with Franny Billingsley about writing fantasy

Pop! Goes the Reader features personal essays by MG and YA authors, as well as book reviews, cover reveals, and interviews. Plus, it’s one of the prettiest places on the internet.


This interview with Cheryl Strayed

This interview with Elizabeth Gilbert

These TED Talks by Elizabeth Gilbert

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ speech

This TED Talk by Jarrett J. Krosoczka about becoming a picture book author

Kim Chance’s YouTube channel

Online Courses

Neil Gaiman’s Masterclass

Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass

Margaret Atwood’s Masterclass

Judy Blume’s Masterclass