THE CRAFT OF WRITING
The Highlights Foundation has an amazing archive of talks given at their annual Chautauqua conference. You can search by topic or author or year of the conference.
Great post from author Jenny Crusie on Pacing, using a clothesline analogy
If you want to write for children or teens you should definitely join the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Here are some other useful sites:
Cynthia Leitich Smith - Cynthia's site is packed with fantastic information, author and editor interviews, you name it!
Verla Kay - Verla Kay's website is another useful mine of information
FOR TEENS WHO WRITE:
FIGMENT - a writing community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.
Teen Ink - an e-zine written for teens by teens. It also has a section listing writing contests you can enter.
YARN (Young Adult Review Network) is a new website that features fiction, essays, poetry and reviews for young adults.
Medallion Press has launched the Ya-Ya imprint, which stands for “Young Adults writing for Young Adults.” It will showcase aspiring authors ages thirteen to eighteen. This line will be comprised of a variety of fiction genres to be released in print and e-book formats. Click on the link for their submission guidelines.
David Barr Kirtley's Website has information about Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contests:
Merlyn’s Pen– Fiction, Essays and Poems from America’s teens.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have launched many famous writers.
FOR PRE-TEENS WHO WRITE
Stone Soup - publishes stories and art from kids up to the age of 13.