For anyone who is considering being a full-time writer it is important to: a) always seek out new experiences and b) keep a constantly growing resource list. Here are just a few online resources to get started with.

City of Asylum: A thriving community of creative writers, readers, and thinkers devoted to the freedom of self-expression and protest through writing. Their mission, as stated on their website, is to provide sanctuary to exiled and endangered writers. This site is an excellent resource for those looking to understand the world we live in from many diverse and global perspectives.

Literary Hub: LitHub is an online partnership of of publishers, journals, bookstores, and nonprofits that have come together to curate the literary web. LitHub publishes articles, book reviews, and original content. It is a handy resource when combing the web whether your conducting research or seeking inspiration. | The Academy of Poets: A membership based nonprofit organization that supports poets and houses a collection of over 8,500 poems and 3,000 author biographies.

Poets & Writers: A great guide for industry information and learning how to get published. It is a database of literary magazines, small presses, literary agents, and MFA programs.

St. Louis Mercantile Library -UMSL: Housed on the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus, it is the oldest research library west of the Mississippi. Its collection, which focuses on rail and river transportation during the Westward Expansion, is a draw to both local and national patrons.

St. Louis Public Library: The St. Louis Public library system serves as a cultural focal point for the region. In partnership with local universities, nonprofits, and independent booksellers, SLPL is the best resource for book signings, lectures, research, organizing, and networking. (Of course!)

University of Iowa Writing Center: Famed for its MFA programs in literature and poetry, the University of Iowa’s online writing center provides tips and information on citation, writing methods, and workshops.

US Copyright Office: Go here to learn how to protect your creative works.

Writers Digest: This literary magazine is great for advice, writing prompts, leads on job opportunities, and contests.