Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FREE: Goodies for Writers

I searched the Internet recently to see what free resources I could find that might be helpful to writers. Some of what I found—free online courses and ebooks—are listed below. You may already be familiar with some but, like me, you may discover something new!


OCW (OpenCourseWare)

OCW offers free digital publications of high-quality, university-level educational materials. The materials are organized as courses and sometimes include course planning materials, evaluation tools, and thematic content. The materials can include syllabi, reading lists, lecture notes and other material that have been used in classrooms and are now made available to the public.

This link will take you directly to the search page to find course materials:


This site highlights 10 universities offering free online writing courses. Some courses listed on this site are offered through OCW, referred to above. The site also contains writing-related videos.

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

Check out the OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab and scan through its writing tips and resource materials.


Noah Lukeman

New York literary agent Noah Lukeman offers his free ebook, How to Write a Great Query Letter: Insider Tips and Techniques for Success, on his website.

J. A. Konrath

Go to author J. A. Konrath's website to download his free ebook, The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, which is packed with information about the publishing industry.


Smashwords is an ebook publisher. On the Smashwords website you can find a number of free writing-related ebooks. Just click on a title that interests you and download it as a PDF file to read on your computer.

Other Sites

Here are a few additional places to check for free ebooks for writers:

Happy Learning!

1 comment:

Norm de Ploom said...

This is a fantastic post! A great bunch of informational sites, looks like excellent resources I never thought were available and they are free! Now I know what I will be doing this weekend---reading web sites. I have often used the OWL writing lab at Purdue and they are informative and reliable. Great job of researching, Nancy!