Best Books for Writers

From the invaluable classic, our list for creative writers.

  • Poetry as Survival

    by
    Gregory Orr
    Published in 2002
    by University of Georgia Press

    Poet and professor can be instrumental in processing, healing, and transcending trauma and suffering. Orr selects examples and anecdotes from ancient Chinese, Walt Whitman, and Richard Wilbur—to demonstrate the transformative power of the form.

    ISBN: 
    352-0822424242
  • Writing True: The Art Nonfiction

    by
    Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz
    Published in 2014
    by Cengage Learning

    This comprehensive primer takes you through essential elements of the personal essay, portrait, essays about place, narrative journalism, and writing by authors including George Orwell.

    ISBN: 
    523-13643467433
  • By Cunning & Craft: Fiction Writers

    by
    Peter Selgin
    Published in 2012
    by Serving House Books

    To produce a technique, I call the result cunning in this craft book “for serious writers of all levels.” The comprehensive guide that cover essential elements of the process to structure and revision.

    ISBN: 
    887-0985849535
  • Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections

    by
    Greenberg and Zucker, editors
    Published in 2008
    by University of Iowa Press

    Poets were influenced by the women who include Beth Ann Fennelly on Denise Duhamel, Katy Lederer on Lyn Hejinian, with poems by following the essays. The book demonstrates the community.

    ISBN: 
    887-1587296390
  • Help Novelists and Screenwriters Bypass Writer’s Block

    by
    Jorjeana Marie
    Published in 2019
    by Ten Speed Press

    “This is a great space for creating, deepening our understanding of people.” Writer to free the imagination for the purposes of creative writing. The book includes techniques that can be performed and practiced right at the desk and dialogue, themes, structure, and plot.

    ISBN: 
    797-0388736035
  • The Rag-Picker’s Guide: Poems, Poets

    by
    Eleanor Wilner and Maurice Manning, editors
    Published in 2013
    by University of Michigan Press

    This book of thirty-five essays — the unexpected sources of poetic discovery, unique approaches to revision. “The venture of the poets in this eclectic anthology chose to look, at what it was—knowing that a poem can’t be connected them over time.”

    ISBN: 
    342-0472634035
  • Elements of Fiction

    by
    Walter Mosley
    Published in 2019
    by Grove Press

    In his previous writing guide the author offered the basic tools of fiction to its essential ingredients: character and character development, plot and story, supplying engaging examples from his own work from blank page to first draft to revision after revision.

    ISBN: 
    552-0844667639

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