Resources for Writers and Readers

To help local writers and readers facing challenges due to COVID-19, we have compiled a list of resources, including financial help for writers, free digital materials from libraries, and lists of what to read, watch, and listen to right now. We hope it helps.

Financial Resources for Writers

Need financial help in this difficult time? Check out these resources for writers.

- Creative Compass help for Northeast Ohio writers
- Authors League Fund
- The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
- Carnegie Fund for Authors
- The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund
- The Alliance of Artists Communities’ Emergency Funds
- Artist Relief Tree
- Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
- The Creator Fund
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Study Hall: Publications Currently Accepting Pitches
- Twitter Thread: Publications Currently Accepting Pitches
- We Work Remotely
- Remote Jobs Club
- Working Not Working - Freelance opportunities
- Opportunities of the Week Newsletter
- For Creative Writers: Writing Prompts/Calls for Work
- Twitter Thread: Literary Publications Looking for Submissions

Digital Library Resources Available

Now is a good time to check out your library's free digital resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, film streaming services and more. Learn more about your library's online resources below:

- Cleveland Public Library
- Cuyahoga County Public Library
- Heights Libraries
- Lakewood Library
- Shaker Library
- Rocky River Public Library
- Westlake-Porter Public Library

What to Read

Looking for book recommendations while you're stuck at home? Check out these lists.

- What to read during coronavirus isolation: Cleveland authors, literary leaders offer book recommendations (
- Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort (New York Times)
- 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winners
- Appletree Books Staff Picks
- Loganberry Books Staff Picks
- Mac's Backs Quarantine Reads (NOTE: $1 from each online sale at Mac's Backs gets donated to Literary Cleveland!)

What to Watch/Listen

Now might be a great time to expand your universe of words and explore some different kinds of creative works. In addition to being entertaining, these suggested forays into words can trigger your own creations. So here are links to some recent articles that may help you out during our coronavirus time-out:

- A Podcast Playlist to Help Distract You (for the Most Part)
- 9 Shows for Social Distancing
- Need a Laugh? Need a Lot? Try these 15 Binge-Worthy Sitcoms
- Fiction Podcasts to Get Lost In
- Short Attention Span? All These Movies Are Under 90 Minutes
- Welcome to the Golden Era of Livestreaming

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