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Best Books for Writers

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

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.

by Diane Lockward

Published in 2013 by Wind Publications

In this resource for poets, Lockward offers practical advice and insights about establishing sound, voice, and syntax in poetry while also providing writing prompts and other poems as inspiration.

by Susan Bell

Published in 2007 by W.W. Norton

In this resource, the author provides a guide filled with writing examples, strategic tips, exercises, and interviews that explore the complex and necessary art of self-editing.

by David Biespiel

Published in 2010 by Kelson Books

The author explores the creative process and imagination. He writes that “failure is the engine of creativity” and provides ways for authors to keep their writing fresh and open to new possibilities.

by Joy Castro

Published in 2013 by University of Nebraska Press

Editor Joy Castro's collection of essays from memoirists explores the complex personal emotions and literary responsibilites writers must negotiate when revealing private information about their families to the reading public.

by Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa

Published in 2010 by Southern Illinois University Press

In this anthology Falconer, Martinelli, and Mesa compile essays written by leading poets who explore effective ways of writing and revising poetry.

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