• Delaware Writing Resources

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    DelawareNext in our State Writing Resources series is Delaware. For many people my age, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear Delaware is this clip from Wayne’s World. But the Delaware writing world has a lot going for it. And we’ll prove it below, I swear!

    Among writers with Delaware ties are Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director at Boston’s Grub Street, an organization we’ll cover later on in this series; Elizabeth Humphreys Penrose, who writes sci-fi poetry (!); and Milton Sernett, author of Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History.

    Presented in no particular order are ten Delaware writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Delaware or are planning a move there, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at.

    1) Creative Writing Center of Delaware

    Located in Lewes, the Creative Writing Center offers classes, free Internet connection, and a library of journals and writers’ marketing books. Also offers workshops in other locations, including Millsboro and Bridgeville.

    2) Delaware Literary Connection

    A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the literary arts in Delaware. Its membership includes poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists, journalists, video producers and those who just enjoy writing and want exposure to it.

    3) Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild

    This group was “founded on the belief that as writers we can–and should–use our skills and talents to help give voice to the many people who have important and necessary stories to tell that, for whatever reason, are not being told.” Classes, workshops, contest, and more.

    4) The Broadkill Review

    The Broadkill Review is a bimonthly literary magazine published in Lewis, DE.

    5) Delaware Poetry Review

    New poetry from the Mid-Atlantic region.

    6) Community Education and Training at Delaware County Community College

    Continuing education writing classes, with locations throughout the Greater Philly, PA, area and down near the Delaware border.

    7) Dreamstreets

    Based in Newark, DE, Dreamstreets takes high-quality prose: fiction/ creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism.

    8) Delmarva Quarterly

    Features the region’s best poems and short stories, providing a venue for creative writing.

    9) The Written Remains

    A coalition of Delaware authors working together to advance their craft and careers. In addition to supporting one another as literary artists, the Guild also supports the Delaware writing community as a whole through its blog and website, monthly Get Out & Write gatherings, sponsorship of two critique groups for fiction writers, and its developing reading series.

    10) SCBWI MD/DE/WV Regional Chapter

    This chapter of the SCBWI is run by volunteers who sponsor events for writers, illustrators, and those who share an interest in children’s and young adult literature. When you join at the national level, you’re an automatic member of this local chapter.

    Help us add to this list, Delawareans! Do you run a local writing group or a lit journal we should be aware of? Feel free to share info and links in the comments section below.


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    Delaware County Community College is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

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