Best Books for Writers

From the newly published to the invaluable classic, our list of essential books for creative writers.

by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

Published in 2013 by Random House

This informative and instructive guide examines the three major incarnations of nonfiction: essays, memoirs, and narratives. By offering insightful analysis and expert advice, this entertaining and practical guide to writing nonfiction is ideal for both seasoned and beginner writers.

by Donald Maass

Published in 2009 by Writer's Digest

Writer, agent, and publishing industry veteran Donald Maass offers ideas and techniques that instill fire and passion into manuscripts that lack the ability to grab readers and take them on a journey.

by Robert D. Richardson

Published in 2009 by University of Iowa Press

In this insightful resource for writers, author Robert D. Richardson explores the acclaimed poet Ralph Waldo Emerson’s literary accomplishments, creative processes, and writing advice.

by Fred White

Published in 2008 by Writer’s Digest Books

The author provides three hundred sixty-six inspirational and practical tips—one for each day of the year—that explore how to integrate writing into one’s everyday life and how to stay creatively focused on the craft of writing. 

by June Casagrande

Published in 2010 by Ten Speed Press

Journalist and editor June Casagrande breaks down the semantics of sentences, and explains how words and grammatical constructions relate to each other in logical and artful ways. A meticulous examination of sentence structure, content, and style reveals the building blocks of successful sentences, and how writers can apply this knowledge to their own work.

by Renni Browne and Dave King

Published in 1994 by Harpercollins

In this guide to self-editing, professional editors Renni Browne and Dave King share their combined expertise by offering practical techniques and advice for polishing prose and turning manuscripts into published works of fiction.

by Constance Hale

Published in 2001 by Broadway Books

Author Constance Hale describes how to create clear, concise, and dynamic writing by focusing on the essential aspects of grammar such as adjectives, nouns, and implementing stylistic techniques that leverage sentence structure, voice, and rhythm.

by Ray Bradbury

Published in 1992 by Bantam

Renowned author Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement from his lifetime of writing and demonstrates that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.

by Roy Peter Clark

Published in 2008 by Little, Brown

The author provides fifty practical literary tools that can be used to sharpen writing skills and develop natural talents. These easy-to-remember tips can be applied to various forms of writing from fiction and nonfiction compositions to business reports and even love letters.

by Theo Pauline Nestor

Published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster

Author Theo Pauline Nestor offers practical writing advice extrapolated from long years of hard work and colorful life experiences in this book that relates her personal journey into the writing profession.

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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