www.pwac.ca (Professional Writers Association of Canada)
Canadian Authors Association (the oldest professional writers' organization in Canada)
The Writers' Union of Canada: www.writersunion.ca
www.writers-editors.com (The Cassell Network of Writers, which publishes Freelance Writer's Report)
The StoryBoard: Meeting place for freelance writers, combining resources from The Canadian Media Guild and the Canadian Writers Group.
www.asja.org The American Society Of Journalists and Authors has a public section of their website with a great deal of useful information, including explanations of legal wording in contracts
www.the-efa.org/ The Editorial Freelancers Association, and international organization headquartered in New York City, with members who have a wide range of professional skills, and live and work in forty-five of the United States and in Canada, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, and Japan.
www.nwu.org/nwu/ The National Writers Union, a trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets. They have nearly 2,000 members in 16 chapters nationwide, and are supported by the United Automobile Workers.
The Alliance of Independent Authors has an excellent blog for self-publishers
www.AssociationofWriters.com the International Association of Writers, based in Massachusetts, offers a newsletter, markets, discounts, a speakers' bureau and more
www.fwointl.com Freelance Writing Organization, contains a vast variety of authoritative writing resources inside a searchable database. Free.
http://washwriter.org/ American Independent Writers, a national organization of freelancers which grew out of the Washington Writers' Group.
www.thewordguild.com/ An organization for Canadian Christian writers
http://www.scbwi.org Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators
A free sample newsletter from: http://www.thechildrenswriter.com/BT055/
http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/ free critique group for children's writers; go to Yawrite
Furry Writers' Guild, for writers of anthropomorphic fiction.
The Association of Personal Historians: http://www.personalhistorians.org/
Words on Words - American Copy Editors Society
(ACES): Tips on editing and headline writing, comments on
cliches and bad writing, offered by editors and journalism professors:
http://www.editors.ca/ The Editors Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communications. Its 1,600-plus members, salaried and freelance, work with individuals and in the corporate, technical, government, non-profit, and publishing sectors.
FOR OTTAWA AUTHORS (in addition to Ottawa chapters of national organizations):
Ottawa Independent Writers meets monthly and offers presentations covering all genres of writing.
The Media Club of Ottawa is an offshoot of the Canadian Women's Press Club, founded in 1906. They meet monthly and offer programs related to writing, publicity, research, and politics.
The Writers' Deadline features pages of resources and links, and hosts a monthly get-together over dinner, called the First Tuesday Network.
BROADCAST MEDIA RESOURCES
www.wga.org/ The Writer's Guild of America is a labor union for those who write television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, CD-ROMs, and content for new-media technologies
www.cmg.ca The Canadian Media Guild is a trade union with nearly six thousand members, all of whom work in the Canadian media.
http://www.the-efa.org/ The Editorial Freelancers Association is a U.S.-based, not-for-profit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries.
http://www.copyright.com/ Copyright Clearance Center is a provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry. You would contact them if you were responsible for clearing copyright for a clip from a TV show or movie, for example, you were using in your piece.
http://www.writersguildofcanada.com/ The Writers Guild of Canada is a national association representing more than 1,800 writers working in film, television, radio, and multimedia production in Canada.
Tod Maffin Technology guru Tod Maffin, who also produces material for the CBC and is advising the Corporation on a podcast strategy. The RadioFreelancing.com site even has listings of freelance work available.
http://www.nuj.org.uk/inner.php?docid=57 This UK-based union has a large directory, guide to fees, and other valuable information you will need if freelancing to organizations in the United Kingdom.
British Broadcasting Corporation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/freelancers/index.shtml This link will lead you to everything you need to know about freelancing to the BBC.
National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/about/pitch/ Go directly to the homepages of individual shows to see their guidelines.
OTHER HELPFUL ORGANIZATIONS:
SOURCES: a searchable deep-indexed database of expert sources, media spokespersons, and news and information sources. Most Canadian corporations and large companies are included, along with organizations, universities, and anyone else who wants to be consulted by the media when they're looking for experts to interview or quote. The site also has lists of members of Parliament, and a long list of articles on media relations, crisis communications, publicity, marketing, and public speaking. These articles can be found at: www.hotlink.ca.
Educational Search Engine: www.aaoparhain.com.pk
People Search Database http://tinyurl.com/ndoe6s This is a paid database, but you can often obtain a birth date or address (perhaps both) for the celebrities listed.
Canadian Court databases: www.canlii.org/en/databses.html
LegalDocs.com allows for the simple preparation of personalized, downloadable and printable legal documents and legal forms to your computer instantly.
Peter Shankman hosts a website called Help A Reporter Out. Journalists can register to receive requests from those with a story to offer, including p.r. people and authors. Theres also a registration form for contacts looking for coverage. The site is free, and Shankman sends e-mails with fresh information three times a day. Help A Reporter Out (HARO) is now the worlds largest source repository, with over 100,000 members and journalists matching on a daily basis. Members receive queries via e-mail three times per day. Anyone can join HARO at http://helpareporter.com.
Papel is a program for storing your ideas and observations on a project. There are built-in themes for a Book, or a Movie. You can change these to suit your needs. Icons are used to represent different elements, such as Notes, Plot Outline, Synopsis, or Character. You can move these around onscreen, grouping them as you see fit. In essence, you create a mind map. Each icon points to a text file you create, containing information on that particular element. You can view and print the output, or export the files to a word processor. http://desnnochiri.250Free.com/Papel_Download_Page.htm
http://www.paullima.com (resources for writers, including e-books offering practical advice)
Luigi Benetton Communications : ClarityOutOfComplexity. Copywriter - Technology Writer - Trainer http://www.luigibenetton.com/
http://www.writers-editors.com (The Cassell Network of Writers, which publishes Freelance Writer's Report)
http://www.the-efa.org/ The Editorial Freelancers Association, and international organization headquartered in New York City, with members who have a wide range of professional skills, and live and work in forty-five of the United States and in Canada, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, and Japan
Librarian's Internet Index: http://tinyurl.com/nuwfub Searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their value to users of public libraries. Entries organized into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.
http://www.thewordguild.com Christian writers
http://www.WhereTheMapEnds.com a great site for science fiction and fantasy from a Christian perspective
http://www.ContractsWatch.com from The American Society Of Journalists and Authors
http://www.writers-free-reference.com/ resources for writers and researchers
http://www.independentlibraries.org a consortium of Quebec libraries offering resources in English
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/ the inside info on problems
http://www.poynter.org reliable information and tools for professional journalists, including helpful newsletters, articles about writing, useful links.
http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/Regional/ lists more than 150 magazines, along with writer's guidelines and specifics about editorial needs.
http://www.writerswrite.net/pubbrws.cfm?category=regional&payingstatus=yes Writers Write a database for writers' guidelines
www.WritingRaw.com - a great site for beginning writers, where they can post their work, get tips and help on getting started
http://quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.com/ Brian Henry's site contains many resources, including contests
http://www.agentquery.com/ information about agents, editors, as well as a paid newsletter
http://www.acqweb.org/pubr.html publishers in all genres
http://www.newpages.com/litmags directory of magazines
http://www.litmatch.net/AgentBlogs.asp agent blogs
http://www.J-Source.ca The Canadian Journalism Project, a project of the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in collaboration with leading journalism schools and organizations across Canada to promote excellence in journalism.
http://freelanceswitch.com/ an eclectic site with lots of information for freelancers
http://www.ire.org/ Investigative Reporters and Editors: resources for journalists
http://www.npr.org National Public Radio offers podcasts of author interviews, book reviews, etc.
http://www.ccna.ca/ Canadian Community Newspaper Association, 743 members, mostly weeklies
http://www.freelancesuccess.com (excellent website and discussion list)
http://www.WriterL.com (another excellent discussion list for professional writers)
http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog (Patricia Fry's blog contains excellent advice)
Between the Lines, a free writers' e-zine brought to you by The Editorial Department, a 26-year-old freelance editorial firm.
Online courses and coaching, along with a free newsletter: http://www.justforwriters.vpweb.ca/default.html
http://freepages.writing.rootsweb.com/~petersplace/new.htm (Peter's Place Of Freelance Journalism)
http://therenegadewriter.com (The Renegade Writers, which includes excellent info about queries)
General sites for writers: www.Scriptorium.ca
http://newark.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/links.html (resources for writers and writing instructors)
http://www.sharasmock.com/ (Shara's book on writing openings is a useful resource for freelancers)