Online Resources for Writers and Editors

Are you a writer or editor looking for some advice regarding your writing or editing? Perhaps you want to network with others in your field. The writing world has a wealth of resources available for editors and writers of all genres. Having those resources at your fingertips so you can reference them at any time can help you find answers when you need them the most. Information and ideas that can spark your creativity, assist you in finding a job, and guide you as you strive to be the best writer or editor possible are abundant. Here are a few of our favorites.

Code of Ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists believes that ethical writing is the only writing that counts. To this end, they have published an online Code of Ethics to help you clarify the best way to present your writing.

Local and Regional Writer Organizations

This state-by-state list will help you choose a writers’ group that is close to home, opening up the opportunity to network with writers and editors face to face.

Working Writer’s Club

A plethora of articles, columns and writing resources here can help your professional writing career. Membership is free.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors

The ASJA is a professional organization that was founded in 1948. The group’s purpose is to increase confidence and connections among professional nonfiction writers.

American Copy Editors Society

Advice for those seeking work as editors, professional training, and discussion boards are all available as a member of ACES. Editors from every facet of the industry are welcome to join.

Editors Only

This resource is geared toward publication editors, offering assistance in every aspect of the editorial process. Up-to-date job postings are included to aid you in finding your perfect job.

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors

NAIWE recognizes that even though you may get paid to write, most writers and editors love the work they are doing. They strive to support writers and editors as they explore the winding road of their chosen craft.

National Federation of Press Women

NFPW is a nationwide group of women and men who participate in the communications field. Individuals in every possible realm of communications join to lean on one another for friendship, strength, and professional growth.

World Press Freedom Committee

All journalists understand the importance of press freedom. WPFC stays at the front line of issues regarding press freedom and shares up-to-the-minute information with members of the press worldwide.

The Elements of Style

This full-length reference is offered online at no charge. It is an excellent reference book that helps you learn the rules of writing, with a focus on the aspects of writing that are frequently misinterpreted.

FantasyWriters.org

If you are a lover of fantasy writing, this community-based group will offer feedback and constructive criticism about the work that you submit. They also sponsor writing challenges to help you hone your craft.

CyberJournalist.net

If writing for the Web is your passion, CyberJournalist.net is the place to stay current on everything new in the cyber-world.

Investigative Reporters & Editors

The resource center at IRE offers a large research library, including tips and training for specific types of investigative stories.

Gotham Writers

Articles, tips from published authors, writing advice, and an opportunity to have your questions answered by a writer are just a part of what Gotham Writers has to offer.

The Authors Guild

This group supports working writers by advocating for and protecting the rights of authors. The Authors Guild builds community among its members and provides access to legal services.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Because writing and illustrating for books for children is so different from many other writing genres, this group provides specialized education and support for members of this community. Grants, programs, and special events are sponsored to advance the careers of writers of children’s books.

American Press Institute

The API is an educational organization that conducts research, offers training, and generally assists the news media.

Writer’s Relief

Writer’s Relief is an author submission service with both contests and venues that suit your writing style.

The National Writers Union

The NWU fights for professional working conditions and services for writers of all genres.