Founded nearly four decades ago by a group of young writers, the Loft has become the nation's largest independent literary center. Views From the Loft brings together the collected wisdom of the Loft community—its authors, students, and editors—on the subject of writing and craft. Chapters are divided into sections on writing, teaching, critiquing, and publication.
Best Books for Writers
From the newly published to the invaluable classic, our list of essential books for creative writers.
Distinguished poet Donald Hall reflects on the meaning of work, solitude, and love in this memoir about the writing life.ISBN:9780807071335
In this Burning Down the House, author and educator Charles Baxter offers several essays that examine the many forces currently shaping contemporary American fiction.ISBN:1555975081
A Poet's Guide to Poetry brings Mary Kinzie's expertise as poet, critic, and director of the creative writing program at Northwestern University to bear in a comprehensive reference work. Detailing the formal concepts of poetry and methods of poetic analysis, she shows how the craft of writing can guide the art of reading poems. Using examples from the major traditions of lyric and meditative poetry in English from the medieval period to the present, Kinzie considers the sounds and rhythms of poetry along with the ideas and thought-units within poems.ISBN:0226437396
Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of a wide variety of poets, novelists, and nonfiction writers. From Billy Collins to Maggie Nelson to Robin Hemley, the collection presents thought-provoking pieces on issues of craft and the elements of the writing life.ISBN:9780821419489
In Writing Down the Bones, painter and writing instructor Natalie Goldberg gives clear, accessible writing advice that approaches the art of writing as spiritual practice.ISBN:0877733759
A standard in the field of poetics and prosodics, The Book of Forms serves as a reference guide on the forms of poetry, from Middle Ages to the present. The book is divided into “The Elements of Poetry,” the “Form-Finder Index,” and “Traditional Verse Forms.”ISBN:1584650419
The late novelist John Gardener offers in this classic practical, instructive advice based on the courses and seminars that he gave during his years as a teacher. The book details the principles and techniques of good writing, from general aesthetic rules to common errors.ISBN:0679734031
Judy Reeves’s A Writer’s Book of Days offers varied prompts, exercises, writing tips, web resources, and advice to spark inspiration and help with generating material on a regular basis.ISBN:9781577319368
The Practice of Poetry is a collection of more than 90 poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.ISBN:006273024
Novelist John Dufresne writes a practical guide for aspiring novelists that touches on the history of the novel, along with organizing principles of the form, and advice on how to move forward, think, and observe. Chapters are divided by weeks to form the course of a six-month program.ISBN:0393338835
Poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built, including meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver gives clear instruction on how to approach poetry.ISBN:0156724006
The Writer's Notebook compiles the best craft seminars in the history of the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, along with a variety of craft essays from some of Tin House's favorite writers. With how-tos, close readings, and personal anecdotes, The Writer's Notebook offers aspiring writers advice and inspiration to hone their own craft.ISBN:0979419816
Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft explores the craft of creative writing in four genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. A trade author as well as a professor of creative writing, Burroway brings her years of teaching and writing to this book. "Try-This" exercises appear throughout each chapter.ISBN:9780205750351