Creative Writing tools and exercises are also helpful for writing academic essays! Here are some websites to help with various aspects of writing creatively, easy-to-use databases of poetry and fiction, and other miscellaneous creative writing-related internet offerings!
The Journal: A list of creative writing prompts to get your mind going. This webpage has ideas for journals, free-writing, prose, poetry, memoirs, and opinion pieces.
Poets.org: From the Academy of American Poets. This database has poets, bios, selected poems (some with audio files!), essays, and more!
The Literature Network : Database of short stories, poems, quotations, quizzes, and trivia.
Creative Writing Prompts: Prompts for creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry from Poets & Writers.
Fiction Craft Exercises: Compilation of several general fiction exercises to help develop your craft or work through writer's block from About.com.
Creative Writing Now: Prompts, how-to, resources, and contests.
Basic Sonnet Forms: Helpful website for learning about and composing Italian and Shakesperian sonnets.
Sestin-a-matic: An online sestina-maker that uses a form to help you compose your poem and takes the guess work out of the traditional poetic form.
Learning To Love You More: An art project and website filled with art and writing assignments to provoke memory, explore space, and define the story of self. The project officially stopped accepting submissions in 2009, but it is still maintained as an archive.