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Here are some useful website and writers' group links.

First, writers' circles in Beds, Herts and Bucks:

Bedford Writers' Circle, BEDS
bedford-writers.co.uk
Bishop's Stortford Scribblers, HERTS
Email for details: leo@applecroft.freeserve.co.uk
Chiltern Writers, Wendover, BUCKS
chilternwriters.org
Hertford Writers' Circle, HERTS
Email for details: katemiller@globalnet.co.uk
Leighton Buzzard Writers, BEDS
lbwriters.proboards.com
Harrow Writers, NW London (not quite 3 Counties but near enough!)
www.harrowwriters.org
Speakeasy, Milton Keynes Writers' Circle, BUCKS
www.mkweb.co.uk/Art/Speakeasy/
Tring Writers' Circle, HERTS
tringwriters.blogspot.co.uk
>Verulam Writers' Circle, St Albans, HERTS
www.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk
Ware Poets, HERTS
Use link on their sponsor site: www.rockingham-press.co.uk
Watford Writers, HERTS
www.watfordwriters.co.uk

Now for other useful sites:

Fun Stuff
Fun book title success scorer - take with pinch of salt!
www.lulu.com/titlescorer
Writing fantasy? Try this exam out on your story.
www.rinkworks.com/fnovel/

Getting Published
On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile
www.kingsfieldpublications.co.uk/rats.html An editor's (perhaps a tad jaded) viewpoint on why you need an agent
editorialass.blogspot.com/why-you-should-never-submit-unagented

Associations
National Association of Writers in Education
www.nawe.co.uk
Crime Writers' Association of authors and events
www.thecwa.co.uk

Writing Courses/Festivals/Workshops
Swanwick Writers' Summer School
www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk
Chorleywood Literary Festival
www.cwlitfest.org
BBC Get Writing site for mini-courses and useful info
www.bbc.co.uk/dna/getwriting/minicourse

Poetry
Poetry books, magazines, events and competitions can be found here.
www.poetrylibrary.org.uk
The UK Poetry Society
www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Comprehensive poetry writing site
www.poetrymagic.co.uk
Find a poet or specific poem
www.poemhunter.com
Another useful poetry resource weblink site.
Ultimate Poetry Resource Guide

Non-Fiction
The Godfather of Creative Non-Fiction - Lee Gutkind
www.leegutkind.com
How to become a ghostwriter
www.ghostwritinguncovered.com
Advice on freelance copywriting
www.freelanceuk.com
Getting Started in Travel Writing
www.bbc.co.uk/dna/getwriting/module16p
Top 10 Blog Writing Tips
website101.com/social-media/how-write-blog-writing

Scriptwriting
Writing a theatre play? Two useful sites.
www.playwriting101.com
www.writeaplay.co.uk
Writing Film Scripts
scriptwritingsecrets.com

Competitions
Bridport Writing Competitions
www.bridportprize.org.uk
Short story info, competitions and radio publication
www.booktrust.org.uk Short Stories
www.shortstoryradio.com

Genre-Related
How not to write a steamy romance
www.literaryreview.co.uk/badsex
What is Literary Fiction?
creativecommons.org/about
You Can Write a Mystery - useful course by crime writer Gillian Roberts
www.gillianroberts.com/writing
Free but comprehensive course on how to write science fiction
www.writesf.com
Before writing comedy, you need to watch the experts in action
lastminutecomedy.com

Writing Technique
>Point of View Explained
www.gabwhacker.com/xwp/bluequill/pov.asp
Common Grammatical Mistakes
fictionfactor.com/guests/mistake.html