Welcome to The Burry Man

In the artistic world, the most solitary of disciplines may be that of the writer. There are few premieres or opening nights, gallery exhibits or unveilings. There is just the work, and the elusive promise of success. And occasionally there is community. Since 1997, The Burry Man Writers Center has been a primary source of research information and freelance job leads for working professional and talented beginning writers. The Burry Man is what might be called "intellectual property" — a space where writers visit from 158 countries and every state in the U.S. The Resource Pages are a guide to more than 4,000 first generation Internet sites from the US, Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia and Canada, as well as Asia, Europe, Africa and around the world, to help you in your quest.

Fiction writing:

Authonomy writers community from Harper Collins
The Authors Guild
Fellowship of Australian Writers formed in 1928 to foster the growth of Australian literature
Fiction Fix an email newsletter on the structure of writing
Fiction Writer's Connection learn from pros
The First Line a monthly contest and good motivational tool
Novelists, Inc
Ottawa International Writers Festival
Save Our Short Story aimed to give the short story form more prestige and a higher profile
Write4Kids.com resources and articles about children's book writing
Yr Academi Gymreig - The Welsh Academy exists to promote the writers and the literatures of Wales
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts public domain documents from American and English literature and Western philosophy
AllReaders tell the "engine" what you like to read and it will recommend books
Bible Gateway searchable full text of nine versions of the Bible
Cambridge History of English and American Literature more than 303 chapters and 11,000 pages
ClassicReader.com read, search, and annotate great works of literature
The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable an immense work, showing the history of phraseology and literary and mythical characters
Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature literary texts in the western European languages other than English
LitQuotes more than 1200 quotations from literature
National Yiddish Book Center about Yiddish literature, culture, and language
Online Books Page directory of books that can be freely read on the Internet
Play Shakespeare Shakespeare's text with proper indentation
Renaissance Electronic Texts a series of old-spelling editions of English Renaissance books and manuscripts
Scribbling Women dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast
The Oxford Shakespeare 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, with all37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse
Shakespeare Collected complete text of all the plays
Shakespeare Google Books searchable collection of complete folios
Shakespeare Illustrated nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another
Shakespeare Searched
SurLaLune portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 26 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,000 illustrations
Victorian Woman's Writers Project dozens of transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century
Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature
Voice of the Shuttle: Literatures other than English
Web Del Sol Literary Portal the literary magazine site of WDS, including Painted Bride, Five Points and Artifacts
Wired for Books audio interviews with writers, readings of work, videos of Shakespeare productions... a brilliant use of the Web
Words Without Borders online magazine for international literature
American Crime Writers League reviews, interviews and new book info
Anatomy of a Murder a step-by-step procedural into the US court system during a murder trial
Clue Lass news about books, awards, movies and more
Crime & Clues the how-tos of fingerprints, crime scene investigation, forensic science and more
Crime Writers of Canada
Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain membership open to any author who has had one crime novel produced by a bona fide publisher
Criminal Justice Links from Florida State University
The Federal Judiciary Homepage how the US Federal Courts work
Forensic Entomology the use of insect knowledge in the investigation of crimes
Gumshoes, Sleuths & Snoopers a crime fiction content database
Latent Print Examination an in-depth and highly technical overview of fingerprint, palmprint and footprint investigation
Mystery Writers of America
Police 10-codes
Police Writers Association
Short Mystery Fiction Society
Sisters In Crime "to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries."
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Tangled Web latest news about mystery authors and their work
Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories originally published in the American Magazine, 1928, by S.S. Van Dine
Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI
United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network info about criminal justice systems from around the world
Academy of American Poets
Advice to Poets from Copper Canyon Press
Apples & Snakes England's leading organisation for performance poetry
Aukland Poetry Auckland's live poetry scene
Blues n' Rebellion the contemporary voice of Black British poetry in downloadable audio files
Canadian Poetry Magazines
City of Bits an online poem by Thomas Swiss - an example of new ways to present work
Classical Chinese Poetry in English and Chinese
Club des Poètes (France)
Electronic Poetry Center resources in electronic poetry and poetics from the University at Buffalo
The e-poets Network RealAudio and video performances by poets from Chicago
Fishouse promotes the oral tradition of poetry, showcasing emerging poets reading their own poems
The Internet Poetry Archive a collection of contemporary poets
Laurable Poetry Audio links to sound files of poetry and poets
League of Canadian Poets
MP3 Sound Poetry Archive (offline for the summer) a library of sound recordings, from the likes of Hugo Ball, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Paul de Vree and much more
National Federation of State Poetry Societies non-profit organization to recognize the importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage, sponsors fifty annual poetry contests
On-line Poetry Magazines
Poet and the Poem Webcasts a fabulous collection of readings, from the Library of Congress
Poetry Archive recordings of poets reading their own work
Poetry Around the World
Poetry Book Society founded by TS Eliot to promote a love and understanding of contemporary poetry
Poetry Can supports the development of poetry in South Gloucestershire and across the whole of the South West region
The Poetry Foundation
Poetry Ireland dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout Ireland
The Poetry Kit international poetry magazines and competitions
Poetry Links a quite remarkable list of poetry journals from Drowning Man
Poetry Magazines full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century English poetry magazines
Poetry Magic resource centre for the theory and craft of writing poetry
PoetryPoetry dedicated to audio poetry, with pre-recorded readings by the original artists
Poetry Presses from the Electronic Poetry Center
Poetry Publishers big and small presses
Poetry Slam
The Poetry Society
Poetry Society non-profit poetry education organization US
Poets House library, reading room and events in NYC
Poets on Fire live poetry in the UK
Poets Union
Poets' Corner library of works that spans thousands of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years
Poets of London founded in 1997, its members and audience are people who live, work, or are studying in or visiting London
Representative Poetry On-line 2,200 English poems by more than 340 poets from the Old English period to the verge of copyright in the twentieth century
Rhyme free rhyming dictionary program with more than 100,000 words
Scottish Poetry Library
Turkish poetry
Types of Poetry a guide
Ubuweb "sound poetry" - historic archives, Realaudio files, highly recommended
Write Out Loud Poetry Gig Guide
Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy
Baen Free Library
The BBR Directory British small press SF magazines
British Columbia Science Fiction Association
British Fantasy Society
Broad Universe promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women
DarkEcho Horror
The Gila Queen's Guide to Markets - not only SF, but an excellent source of markets
Hellnotes a weekly newsletter with author profiles, book reviews, market reports, movie news for the "horror professional"
Horror Writers Association
Locus Online new releases, reviews and more 
The Market List pro and semi-pro markets
National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals
The New York Review of Science Fiction
New Zealand Science Fiction Fantasy Writers' Association
Northwest Science Fiction Resources
Online Writing Workshop for SF&F formerly the Del Rey Digital Writing Workshop
Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy, General Useful Information, & Other Opinionated Comments by Vonda N. McIntyre
Ralan Conley's Speculative Fiction Markets paying and nonpaying alike
Science Fiction Writers of America
The SciFi Market List plus articles, interviews and reviews
SF Canada a bilingual association of Canadian writers, artists and other professionals
SFRevu reviews, news and new book releases
The SF Site: The Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy a huge resource - links to writers, new books and publishers
The SF Site list of SF Cons
Speculative Fiction Page Mary Soon Lee has one of the best SciFi and general writing pages
Spec Fic World pro and semi-pro paying market listings, contests
Submitting to the Black Hole database of reply times from magazines & publishers
Tangent reviews of (almost) every scifi periodical in print and online - good way to find markets
UK Horror Writers Association
Viable Paradise sf writing and marketing workshop
Writers Markets for Speculative Fiction from LiveJournal
Writing Resources
Arts & Letters Daily ideas, criticism, debate updated six days a week
Australian Storytelling interviews, articles and stories from around the world
Book Proposal Outline
Directory of Writers' Conferences
Funds for Writers updated listings of grants, awards, contests, fellowships and more, with a free newsletter
International Children's Digital Library thousands of online books in 100 languages
Ireland Literature Exchange
Irish Arts Council funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.
Lifewrite.com a free writing class from author Steven Barnes
The Muse's Muse songwriting tips & tools
New Writer UK-based magazine for writers
Poets & Writers online version of the magazine
Preditors and Editors including its own "Warnings" page
Query Shark how to write query letters
Random Name Generator stuck for a name?
Rejection Collection you are not alone everybody gets rejection slips
Salon Audio the mp3 revolution comes to literature free sample online readings from hundreds of authors - and you can submit your work
Shaw Conference Guide a searchable index of conferences
Writers FM podcasts from and about writers

The Real Burry Man

The Burry Man has a special place in Scottish tradition and folklore. Every August, for centuries, the Burry Man has walked the streets of South Queensferry, Scotland, a village near Edinburgh. The residents believe he will bring luck to the town if they give him whisky and money. We chose to name our center after him to honor this ancient tradition, and the generations of townsfolk who have kept it alive. Burry Man Day is the second Friday in August. Our thanks to Andrew Taylor, John Nicol, Alan Reid, James "Kitter" Magan, John "Jacko" Hart, Sam Corson, Arne Fredricksen, Judith McPhillips (the Wee Burry Man, 1948) and all the other stout men, robust lads and charming lassies who have taken on the mantle of the Burry Man.