Ten Things Free for the Taking
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive
AbiWord Portable 2.6.6 is "the lightweight AbiWord word processor packaged as a portable app, so you can edit your documents on the go. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind" (OS: Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3)
Do you need a creative or unusual font? Check out the variety available for free download over at Dafont.com (OS: Mac, Windows, Linux)
Linsa-Anne Sanderson has a free online seminar over at Suite101.com here for writers interested in learning how to write for magazines.
The Other Mother blog, written by author Gwendolyn Goss, evidently offers ongoing free writing workshops for moms.
This is a hidden gem I recently stumbled across while looking for free online writing classes -- The Massacusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a huge list of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) which is "a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity." Check out just what they offer in literature and writing and humanistic studies.
Not to be outdone by MIT, Open University, the UK's largest academic institution, offers a variety of different free online writing classes via their OpenLearn website. No registration is required, and courses are available to everyone regardless of country of origin.
OpenOffice.org 3.0.1 is "an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. (OS: Win 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista, Solaris, Linux [including PPC Linux] "Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.")
If you'd like to write or co-write your screenplay online for free, definitely check out Plotbot the web-based screenwriting software.
Writer.app 1.4.3 is "a simple word processor . . . designed to get your first draft banged out and on its way to the editing table" (Os: Mac OS X)
The University of Utah offers two free online classes for writers and readers: Introduction to Creative Writing and Introduction to Shakespeare.