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The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life
I did every single exercise in the book, taking notes about how to apply what I learned to my teaching, and murmuring with joy at all the new twists I ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders
So helpful, on so many levels. I have recommended this book to so many people -- poets, students, writers, travelers, dreamers. It is helpful to all.
Apr 2013
Mar 04, 2014
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
Roy Peter Clark is a master teacher, and some of his best lessons are in this book. Most any aspiring writer has something to gain from Roy's tools. T ...more
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May 25, 2008
The Writer's Journal
The book that made me esteem my journal. Sherman Alexie, Naomi Shihab Nye and other luminaries show how their journals feed their writing. My favorite ...more
Jan 1999
Oct 16, 2007
Undoing the Silence: Six Tools for Social Change Writing
I was thrilled to see this book by my first writing teacher, Louise Dunlap, come into the world. It's long overdue and very welcome!
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Jun 09, 2008
The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students
It's not easy to create an introductory creative writing text that covers both poetry and prose (and even bits of literary nonfiction and drama), but ...more
Dec 2009
Mar 12, 2010
The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself
I'll be honest -- this book could have used a final edit. That said, there are some really wonderful insights here. I'd love to teach it alolng with t ...more
Jul 2007
Dec 23, 2008
Ultimate Visual Dictionary
OK, I am not actually reading this dictionary, but I'm doing what one does with great visual books: paging through, looking back and forth, comparing, ...more
Oct 21, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Making Shapely Fiction
Horrible title aside, this book has quite a bit to offer. It is more a reference book than one to read start to finish. For beginning fiction writers, ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book
Lyon's approach to writing book proposals is a little overly long and complicated, but by following her process you WILL end up with an excellent book ...more
Jan 2003
Nov 21, 2007
The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube
I read this book in one sitting. Having been a full-time freelancer for nearly a decade now, I found Michelle's book to be right on the money (sorry f ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 11, 2007
Beyond the Writers' Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction
This book was enormously useful to me when I was choosing a MFA program, and again when I began teaching creative writing. Though Carol Bly has a few ...more
Mar 2005
Dec 05, 2007
Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction
As is true for many, many nonfiction writers, Franklin's structure for writing narrative nonfiction utterly changed the way I think about story. Thoug ...more
Sep 2001
Jan 13, 2008
Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book
OK, I'll start with the caveat: This is a how-to book written by a woman who writes relationship books. That said, she KNOWS marketing. This is the be ...more
Jan 2003
Oct 30, 2007
The Sound on the Page: Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing
Voice is one of the hardest things to describe, let alone teach, in writing. This long-time writer, editor, and teacher weaves together interviews wit ...more
Jan 2003
Oct 16, 2007
What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers
All prose writers -- and perhaps poets too -- will find good food for thought here. I've used the exercises in this book for creative writing workshop ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 16, 2007
Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example
It's an interesting concept for a pedagogical writing book: narrative nonfiction pieces heavily annotated by the editor, Patsy Sims. Though some of th ...more
Jan 2002
Apr 23, 2008
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
The best introduction to the complexities of story structure that I've seen. I'm pretty much an illiterate when it comes to film, but film (and this b ...more
Jan 2001
Apr 13, 2008
Writing Alone and with Others
This was one of the very first books I read about writing. Back when I didn't know enough to appreciate it. I reread it in 2008 and now it's one of my ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life
An excellent model for writing narrative nonfiction in general and profiles in particular. Harrington's "The Shape of Her Dreaming" is a fascinating l ...more
Dec 2004
Jan 13, 2008
The Creative Guide to Research: How to Find What You Need...Online and Offline
If your writing requires research, this book will help you get it done. It is incomplete, but few good books have been written on this subject. This i ...more
Jan 2001
Oct 16, 2007
Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth
A good collection that includes a range of nonfiction subgenres -- from narrative NF toward lyric essay. The craft essays are especially helpful.
Jan 2003
Apr 23, 2008
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide
A capable introduction to journalistic feature writing, with good advice for newspaper writers who are just getting into the field.
Jan 1999
Apr 23, 2008
Rules for Writers
The primary grammar book that I've used for more than a decade. (Every writer needs at least one!)
Jan 1995
Oct 16, 2007
The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction
A collection of excellent examples of creative nonfiction, with essays on craft aspects of the work.
Jan 2000
Oct 16, 2007
Method and Madness: The Making of a Story
So much good stuff to gather from this book; I've only begun to draw from it for teaching.
Feb 2010
Mar 12, 2010
The Writer's Home Companion: An Anthology of the World's Best Writing Advice, From Keats to Kunitz
OK, "World's Best" might be pushing it, but this is a compendium of some durn good advice.
Jan 1999
Oct 12, 2007
The Writer's Idea Book
You will never have writer's block again. Or if you do, you can only blame yourself.
Jan 2001
Oct 12, 2007
A Room of One's Own
Read while I was in a room of my own at the Whiteley Center on San Juan Island.
Apr 2007
Mar 31, 2008
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
Gardner is a tough taskmaster, but the exercises in this book are excellent.
Jan 2001
Oct 12, 2007
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