Books about the craft of writing

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

Here, for the first time, is a local edition of the bible of writing guides - a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was published in the United States in the 1990s. Beautifully written, wise and...

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The Writing Book: A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers

The Writing Book: A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers

Kate Grenville

The Writing Book doesn't just talk about how to write fiction; it takes you, step by step, through the process of doing it. By working your way through this book, you'll gradually craft a piece of fiction, and develop confidence...

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

As close to an autobiography as Stephen King has yet written and a brilliant guide for the aspiring writer, selected by both Val McDermid and Jeremy Vine as one of their top books.

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On Writers and Writing

On Writers and Writing

Margaret Atwood

A fascinating collection of six essays, written for the William Empson Lectures in Oxford, each exploring an aspect of writerly contemplation.    

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Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear

Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration, discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits that are needed in order to live the most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful...

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The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self

Julia Cameron

The international bestseller which has helped millions recover their creativity reissued in a beautiful new edition.

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Writing True Stories

Writing True Stories

Patti Miller

Clear, engaging and practical advice from Australia's foremost teacher and practitioner of memoir and life writing.

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First You Write a Sentence

First You Write a Sentence

Joe Moran

The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks. A poet writes in sentences, but so does the unsung author who came up with Items trapped in doors cause delays. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we...

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The Writer's Practice

The Writer’s Practice

John Warner

For anyone aiming to improve their skill as a writer, a new approach to establishing robust writing practices inside and outside the classroom --

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Improv for Writers

Improv for Writers

Jorjeana Marie

An improv instructor and writer presents the first book to harness the creative power of improvisation exercises to help both aspiring and seasoned authors defeat writer's block and generate new ideas.

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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

Ursula K Le Guin

A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art

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The Elements of Style Illustrated

The Elements of Style Illustrated

William I. Strunk, Maira Kalman

Kalmans exquisite illustrations give the revered style manual, now in its fourth edition, a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.

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No Plot? No Problem!

No Plot? No Problem!

Chris Baty

For the hundreds of thousands of people who aspire to write a 50,000-word novel in a month, this updated and revised edition of the classic writing guide will inspire, motivate and propel writers of all stripes to accomplish their...

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Dear Writer Revisited: The Classic Guide to Writing Fiction

Dear Writer Revisited: The Classic Guide to Writing Fiction

Carmel Bird

This book about writing and the imagination is essential reading for any writer, emerging or experienced. Re-released with new material and updated advice for the 21st century writer.

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The Writer's Room: Conversations About Writing

The Writer’s Room: Conversations About Writing

Charlotte Wood

A brilliant resource for established and beginning writers and for passionate readers everywhere from a range of acclaimed and much-loved writers, lovingly compiled by the brilliant and insightful Charlotte Wood.

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