Links for Writers in South Africa

digitalrob70Here are invaluable links for writers, from news sites for journalists, to creative writing sites for fiction writers.

News Sites

Top Stories of the Day from Google News

Mail & Guardian Online Current Affairs

News Agency for the Media Source news information at

SA's Top Investigative Journalism Magazine

Online News

Online News

Top SA News Site


Search Engines

Exalead at

Excellent advanced search features for the net

Infomine Search Engine at

A virtual library of Internet resources.

JNet's Academic Search page at

A powerful search engine to assist you with research


A search engine for Internet research





Search Answers

Search Academic Sources

Search Google Scholar



Online Dictionaries

Princeton's Dictionary and Thesaurus

One Look Dictionary - just type in your concept and the word you need appears within seconds

Another excellent online dictionary and thesaurus



South Africa Online

SA Web Directory:

URL Web Directory

Search the Yellow Pages


Writing Resource Sites

Browse this archive for over 11 000 searchable quotations

Literary submission service

Free Online Writing Workshops/Critique at

Visit The Centre for the Book website at

for news and tips on book development, lobbying, information and advice for authors in Southern Africa.

View Poetry International Web at

for poetry and news about poets from around the globe.

Fascinating insights and facts about the lives of famous authors at:,,94875,00.html/

A Resource Centre for Journalists

Visit The Writers World pages for information of interest to writers

A resource from the University of Colorado if you are concerned about Plagiarism

Wikipedia - The Online Knowledge Library For when you need to know more about any subject under the sun

Need to interview an International Expert?

The South African Yearbook - The official reference guide for South African Politics, Tourism, Sports, Agriculture etc.

Need to find out about urban legends?

Etymology site

Dr Grammar's Frequently Asked Questions

Science Archives of Free Full Text Articles From Stanford University

South Africa Web Directory  South Africa Online

Information and inspiration for writers

Useful resource for writers

Writing resources news and discussion

Resourc for information about books, writing and publishing

Freelance writing ezine

Writers on writing

Writers Guild of America

Useful resource about writing for money

Enhance your writing career

Writing resources

Information, inspiration and resources for freelance writers

Common writing problems

Resource for writers and poets

Visual Thesaurus

A resource for writers

Daily publication of poetry

The Writer's Almanac

Womens literary lives

Advice and inspiration for writers

Virtual room for writers

Resource for romance writers

The Authors Guild

The Academy of American Poets

Susan Orlean, writer for The New York Times

Adventures in reading, writing and the creative life

Tools for writers

Writing and Publishing news

For new and emerging authors

News on Journalism

Freelance writing resources

Some useful info for Food Writers

Free writers' resource listing

Creativity website

Resource for new books and authors

The American Journalism Review

Comprehensive informational site for writers

Worldwide freelance writer site

Community of readers and writers

Forum for writers

.....and another

A source of advise, links, hints and tips

Always have something to write about at

Onlnie magazine specifically for writing Mothers

More resources for writers


Fiction Writing Links

Need some inspiration to get going?

The random story starter here

Timeline generator

Instant plot generator

Great online writing exercise

The Snowflake Method for Novel creation

Ways to create an outline for your Novel

Novel outline templates

Holly Lisle's character creator link

....and create a culture while you're at it!

Great resource for researching your novel

Guide to critique

The theory of critiquing

How to write a synopsis

How to format a manuscript

Novel proposals, queries and synopsis

Some advice on how to find the right agent

A huge list of poetry and fiction publications

A free self publishing service

Creative Commons for licensing and copyright

Online fiction ezine

Creative writing prompts

Creative writing corner

Poetry specific site

Fiction addiction website


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