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Mastering the Thesis Statement

by Steve Sharp

Author Steve Sharp tells his students that the thesis statement is the sun around which EVERYTHING in their paper orbits. Every sentence must fall within its gravitational pull and obey rational orbital laws....


The Daily Reader: 366 Selections of Great Prose and Poetry to Inspire a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life

by Fred White

Let Great Reading Fuel Your Writing

Great writers read–voraciously and across many topics and genres. They read to learn, to research, to study the style of others, and to improve their own work. They read because...


Crafting Novels & Short Stories: Everything You Need to Know to Write Great Fiction

by Editors of Writer's Digest

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike!

Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the...


So You Want to Write: How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir

by Marge Piercy & Ira Wood

The Writer Magazine's "Best Book of the Year for Writers" now in a big, new, expanded edition.


The Writer's Essential Tackle Box: Getting a Hook on the Publishing Industry

by Lynn Price

A unique look at how the publishing industry works; given through a series of interviews with leading industry professionals.


Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath

by Linda Seger

Partly a howto book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to...


You're Funny: Turn Your Sense of Humor Into a Lucrative New Career

by DB Gilles

You're Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody,...


The Screenwriter Within: New Strategies to Finish Your Screenplay & Get A Deal 2nd edition

by DB Gilles

In a funny and honest style, this book takes the beginning screenwriter through all the various stages of writing a screenplay. Using both pop culture references and one's own personal history, D.B. Gilles shows...


The Inner Game of Screenwriting: 20 Winning Story Forms

by Sandy Frank

The Inner Game of Screenwriting" goes through each of the 20 Inner Game Archetypes, and, through examples and exercises, explains how to construct them and let them make any screenplay a hit.


Screenwriting in the Land of Oz

by Krevolin Richard

Set your sights on a screenwriting career--and you know you're not in Kansas anymore. With some 100,000 new, original screenplays vying to be among the 7,000 few made into movies every year, craft is key and...


Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

by Hallie Ephron

Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an...


Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

by Tony Thorne

With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily...


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

by Lynne Truss

The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period.

 

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former...


Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever

by Leslie Savan

In this marvelously original book, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan offers fascinating insights into why we’re all talking the talk—Duh; Bring it on!; Bling; Whatever!—and what this reveals...


The Big Book of Words You Should Know

by David Olsen

Do you know what quatrefoil and impolitic mean? What about halcyon or narcolepsy? This book is a handy, easy-to-read reference guide to the proper parlance for any situation. In this book you will find: Words...


Roget's Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals

by David Olsen

Want to find a term similar to "erudite" (meaning possessing extensive knowledge on a given subject)? Try "recondite" (meaning knowledge that's obscure and beyond ordinary knowledge). Want to find a word for...


How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

by Barbara Baig

Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing,...


Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference: The Definitive Source for Clear and Concise Writing

by Gary Lutz

The Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference is the comprehensive resource on grammar and usage, a necessity for every writer's desk. It presents balanced instruction and real-world examples that will ensure professional...


Elements of the Writing Craft: More Than 150 Lessons for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

by Robert Olmstead

Great narratives are built piece by piece, through myriad small tasks and careful moves. In this landmark book, Robert Olmstead shows how distinguished writers past and present have built their fiction and nonfiction....


Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint

by Nancy Kress

Create Complex Characters

How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant...


Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream

by Ann Rittenberg

In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published....


Roget's Super Thesaurus

by Marc McCutcheon

Roget's Super Thesaurus is a perennial favorite among writers, and this latest edition has more than 1,000 new and expanded entries. This timesaving reference will help you find the perfect synonym or antonym...


2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

by Adria Haley

The Best Resource Available for Getting Your Fiction Published

For more than 30 years, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market has provided aspiring authors with the most complete and up-to-date information they...


Song: The World's Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us

by American Songwriter Magazine

The secrets of songwriting from the legends of music

Song is an enthralling compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in music. From country to rock to folk to alternative, this genre-spanning...


Story Engineering

by Larry Brooks

What makes a good story or a screenplay great?

The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning...


Your Words, Your Story

by Michele Skinner

Find your voice - and use it! For many scrapbookers, simply recording names and dates is enough. For you, though, scrapbooking is so much more. It's the story - your story. But how do you really capture it on...


45 Master Characters

by Victoria Schmidt

Create unforgettable characters your readers will love!

45 Master Characters will make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex and original than ever before.

You'll explore the most common...


Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript

by Chuck Sambuchino

Prepare and Present Your Work Like a Pro! Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition, gives you all the information you need to craft a winning submission. Fully updated, this comprehensive resource...


Publish Your Nonfiction Book: Strategies for Learning the Industry, Selling Your Book, and Building a Successful Career

by Sharlene Martin

Publishing Your Nonfiction Book

In Publish Your Nonfiction Book, successful literary agent Sharlene Martin and noted novelist and nonfiction author Anthony Flacco draw on their years of experience to provide...


20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them

by Ronald B Tobias

Give your story a solid foundation-a plot that engages readers from start to finish! The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect...


The Art of War for Writers

by James Scott Bell

Strategies and Tactics for the Master Novelist Successfully starting and finishing a publishable novel is often like fighting a series of battles. You not only have to work hard to shape memorable characters,...


Howdunit Forensics

by D P Lyle

Just because you don't have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner, doesn't mean you can't learn your way around a crime scene. In Forensics, award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P....


The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life

by Fred White

Make Writing a Part of Your Daily Routine It isn't always easy to carve out time to devote meaningful thought and energy to your writing. Hectic schedules, distractions, and creative blocks all too often interrupt...


Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays and Life Into Literature

by Bill Roorbach

How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers...


Elements of Writing Fiction - Plot

by Ansen Dibell

"There are ways to create, fix, steer and discover plots - ways which, over a writing life, you'd eventually puzzle out for yourself," writes Ansen Dibell. "They aren't laws. They're an array of choices, things...


The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performance Artist

by Gigi Rosenberg

The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing is designed to transform readers from starving artists fumbling to get by into working artists who confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal. Written in an...


When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better And/Or Worse

by Ben Yagoda

What do you get when you mix nine parts of speech, one great writer, and generous dashes of insight, humor, and irreverence? One phenomenally entertaining language book.

In his waggish yet authoritative book,...


Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever

by Jay Heinrichs

Yes, it’s true: you can learn how to be a verbal wizard!

 

Ever hear someone utter an unforgettable phrase and feel yourself reacting with with…well, awe?  Ever read a great quote and think I could never...


78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might

by Pat Walsh

For the hundreds of thousands who buy writers’ guides every year, at last there’s one that tells the ugly truth: writers who can’t get published are usually making a lot of mistakes. This honest, often...


The Lexicographer's Dilemma

by Jack Lynch

In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers--those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak. Proper Words in Proper Places offers the first narrative history of...


How To Be A Comedy Writer

by Marc Blake

Think you're funny? Writing successful comedy isn't just about having a gift for gags; you need to hone your talent and polish your humour to earn a living from making people laugh. If you want to write stand-up...


How To Be A Sitcom Writer: Secrets From The Inside

by Marc Blake

Everyone loves - and hates - sitcom. On TV it's the goldmine genre, the one watched by millions. There's a special place in our hearts for Fawlty, Frasier, Blackadder and Brent. An absurd predicament, witty...


McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers

by Carol Ellison

Write an effective research paper--no sweat!

The words "research paper" may send a chill down your spine. You're thinking about the hours of research and the days of writing ahead-and that's after wringing your...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing

by James Mendrinos

Comedy is serious business-and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction,...


The New American Handbook of Letter Writing: Second Edition

by Penguin Putnam

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Writer's Guide to Nonfiction

by Elizabeth Lyon

A WRITER'S COMPASS

Direction for your writing career Don't get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer's Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing...


The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing

by Randy Poe

Learn How to Make Money with Your Songs

If you're a songwriter, your job is to be an expert at crafting songs - but to be successful you also need to have a sound working knowledge of music publishing. This...


Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.

by Steven Harper

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my!

Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling...


The Sell Your Novel Tool kit

by Elizabeth Lyon

ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE

 

Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel-then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning...


A Writer's Guide to Fiction

by Elizabeth Lyon

The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short...


Dynamic Characters

by Nancy Kress

A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next. In Dynamic Characters, award-winning...


Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

by James Scott Bell

Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With...


Write Great Fiction - Description & Setting

by Ron Rozelle

Build a Believable World How essential is setting to a story? How much description is too much? In what ways do details and setting tie into plot and character development? How can you use setting and description...


Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story That Sells

by Mary Buckham & Dianna Love

Getting a book published is hard enough--getting a novel published is doubly so! But a writer seeing his story on bookshelves everywhere is just a rewrite away with this book! Written by two award-winning novelists,...


The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts

by Ellen Sandler

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business,...


The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

by Philip Athans & R. A. Salvatore

From the Introduction by R. A. Salvatore:

"There weren't many fantasy books on the shelves in 1982 and I had read all I could find and wanted more, even one of my own. What I didn't realize then--in fact, what...


100 Successful College Application Essays (Second Edition)

by Harvard Independent

The largest collection of successful college application essays available in one volume. These are the essays that helped their authors gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley, Colby, and...


Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody can Write (Revised and Updated)

by Elizabeth Lyon

Sign the contract...then write the book. The good news is that almost every nonfiction book published is sold by a proposal. In this comprehensive yet accessible guide, you will learn exactly what a proposal...


Writing Television Sitcoms (revised)

by Evan Smith

New edition of the popular screenwriting guide!

Writing Television Sitcoms is the ultimate all-in-one guide to writing a funny script, pitching a new show, and launching a successful career. AS digital technology...


The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction

by Richard D. Bank & Jenna Glatzer

Everyone wants to be a published writer. But only a few manage to break into print. In this guide, Richard D. Bank provides expert advice to help you reach your goals of writing and selling articles, essays,...


The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

by Mike Bent

With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Aspiring comics discover how to tap into their natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building...


The Everything Creative Writing Book: All You Need to Know to Write Novels, Plays, Short Stories, Screenplays, Poems, Articles, or Blogs

by Wendy Burt-Thomas

Many people can write. But writing well enough to get published takes hours of practice, the ability to take criticism, and expert advice. Filled with stories and tips from published authors, this easy-to-use...


Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers

by Andrea Marks

Writing can be a challenge, especially for artists and designers who tend to be more visual than verbal. Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers is designed to help people who think in...


Screenwriting is Storytelling: Creating an A-List Screenplay that Sells!

by Kate Wright

While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created...


Writing Great Books for Young Adults

by Regina Brooks

From a top young adult literary agent, the only guide on how to write for young adults With an 87 percent increase in the number of titles published in the last two years, the young adult market is one of the...


How Writers Work

by Ralph Fletcher

The Secret of Writing

Its misleading to think of writers as special creatures, word sorcerers who possess some sort of magic knowledge hidden from everyone else. Writers are ordinary people who like to write....


How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

by Susie Bright

For aspiring erotica writers -- and authors in any genre who want to make the "good" parts great

Susie Bright is the first and reigning queen of contemporary erotica. In How to Write a Dirty Story she reveals...


Talk Dirty German

by Alexis Munier & Karin Eberhardt

Sprechen Sie Dirty Deutsch?

If you think German is all brat and no wurst, you need to think again. German is sexier--and dirtier--than you might imagine. (Think Hamburg!) From hearts and violins to pigs and dogs,...


The Little Red Book of Very Dirty Words

by Alexis Munier

Inside this book: The dirtiest words in the English language!

And we're not just talking about those infamous seven words you can't say on TV. We're talking about more than 1,000 of the blessedly profane insults,...


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

by Renni Browne & Dave King

Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published...


Rewrite Right!: Your Guide to Perfectly Polished Prose

by Jan Venolia & Ellen Sasaki

Everyone knows that writing can be improved by the simple process of reviewing, editing, and rewriting, but many struggle with how to go about critiquing their own work—be it a letter to a friend, an important...


Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style

by Jan Venolia

In this age of electronic correspondence and self-produced documents, we need a useful and reliable writing guide more than ever. WRITE RIGHT! covers the essentials of good writing in a concise and easy-to-follow...


How to Write

by Richard Rhodes

Uniquely fusing practical advice on writing with his own insights into the craft, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes constructs beautiful prose about the issues would-be writers are most afraid to...


The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

by Donald Maass

The all-inclusive guide for novel writers

If you're serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, you've found the right book. The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know-how...


How to Say It, Third Edition: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Paragraphs for Every Situation

by Rosalie Maggio

?For anyone who has ever stared at a blank page or screen?(Kaylene Weiser, organized consultant, The Wiser Way)? the revised third edition of the bestseller that offers ?a crisp, elegant way to say everything.?(Vivian...


For the Love of Letters

by Samara O'Shea

Have you ever wanted to write a thank-you note and suffered writer's block? Considered penning a passionate letter to your beloved, but had no idea where to begin? Needed to send a sympathy message, but couldn't...


Gotham Writers Workshop: Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide From New York's Acclaimed Writing School

by Gotham Writers Workshop & Alexander Steele

Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book....


The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

by Marion Roach Smith

A recent study revealed that the Number 1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book....about themselves. It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently...


Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing

by Elmore Leonard

"These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story."—Elmore Leonard

For aspiring writers...


So You Think You Can Spell?: Killer Quizzes for the Incurably Competitive and Overly Confident

by David Grambs

A cornucopia of spelling challenges—from the deceptively simple to the truly vexing—for good, better, and exceptional spellers (or those who want to be). So You Think You Can Spell? is a handy way to go...


Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

by Ralph Keyes

How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have...


The Elements of Story

by Francis Flaherty

Most writing books dwell on common issues of style and grammar. Yet most writers also confront complex problems of story design.This 50-rule guide by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, offers much-needed...


Word for Word

by James E. Snyder

An ingeniously handy guide to help you transform chew into masticate, rainy into pluvian?or antediluvian into plain old old.

Attorney James Snyder didn?t set out to write a book about words. But one day he looked...


Live Writing

by Ralph Fletcher

This book is based on the simple idea that every writer has a "tool box." Instead of awls and hammers, a writer's toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to...


Write Away: One Writer's Approach to the Novel

by Elizabeth George

Bestselling author Elizabeth George has spent years teaching writing, and in Write Away she shares her knowledge of the creative process. George combines clear, intelligent, and functional advice on fiction...


The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Beating Writer's Block

by Kathy Kleidermacher

Write it off, work it out, get it done.

An eminently practical guide to getting unblocked and writing again, The Pocket Idiot's Guide™ to Beating Writer's Block includes dozens and dozens of tips, exercises,...


It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

by June Casagrande

Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing...


Ensouling Language: On the Art of Nonfiction and the Writer?s Life

Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite

by Mim Harrison

How and where to use 500 of the words that make you sound more cultured, worldly, and downright smart.

Whoever said sounding smart had to be painful? It?s all in how you acquire the ?ten-dollar words? of English....


Bawdy Language

by Lawrence Paros

When you come right down to it, sex is easier done than said; so too with matters of the toilette. Limited to a few choice four-letter slang words? Know little of the word origins of curse words? Stumble as...


Thinking Write

by Kelly L. Stone

Writer's block.

Creative freeze.

Artistic burnout.

In this book, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone teaches you how to use the power of the subconscious mind to capitalize on your writing sessions. Proven techniques...


Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore

by Elizabeth Lyon

Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and...


Bang the Keys

by Jill Dearman

Attention aspiring and working writers alike!

Finish your work in four easy steps with this explosion of inspiration.

How can aspiring writers-whether aiming for a short story, novel, or play-gain the confidence...


100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

by Gary Provost

This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips...


Write Tight

by William Brohaugh

"These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold." -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not...


The Call of the Writer's Craft

by Tom Bird & Paul McCarthy

Getting a book successfully published is as much about talent and creative drive as it is a matter of determination and business practice. Luckily for would-be authors, this book delivers the how-to on both...


Inspired Creative Writing (52 Brilliant Ideas): Pokes and Prods for Scribblers of All Stripes

by Alexander Smith

52 fresh techniques for putting thoughts into words. For aspiring authors planning an epic novel, plotting a screenplay, or wishing to bare their poetic soul, Inspired Creative Writing offers tactics and exercises...


Living Write

by Kelly L Stone

Living Write is a state of mind!

By using a mix of anecdotal material from writers who have been there and a series of progressive and creative psychological exercises, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone shows...


A Writer's Notebook

by Ralph Fletcher

Writers are like other people, except for at least one important difference. Other people have daily thoughts and feelings, notice this sky or that smell, but they don't do much about it.

Not writers. Writers...


Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected

by Jessica Page Morrell

A fun, practical guide that reveals the essentials of good fiction and memoir writing by exposing the most common mistakes literary writers make.All great works of fiction and memoir are unique-but most bad...


How Not to Write a Novel

by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman

"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted.

"Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'"...


Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English: A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Robert Hartwell Fiske aims to eliminate laxity in language today by way of this witty and engaging reference.

Fiske rails against "laxicographers and ding-a-linguists" who, with their misguided thinking, actually...


One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers

by Gail Sher

Based on the Zen philosophy that we learn more from our failures than from our successes, One Continuous Mistake teaches a refreshing new method for writing as spiritual practice. In this unique guide for writers...


Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out

by Ralph Fletcher

Maybe you've heard before that poetry is magic, and it made you roll your eyes, but I believe it's true. Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.

I wrote...


The Artful Nuance: A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language

by Rod Evans

?The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.? (Mark Twain)

What?s the difference between:

Nectar and ambrosia? Bough and branch? Astonished and surprised? Sensual...


I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World

by James Geary

From President Obama's political rhetoric to the housing bubble bust, James Geary proves in this fascinating and entertaining book that every aspect of our experience is molded by metaphor.

"It is the East, and...


Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs--Even If You're Right

by June Casagrande

The only fun, friendly, and surefire defense against the grammar snobs

Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, now in its fifth printing, June Casagrande returns with...


Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

by June Casagrande

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande...


How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

by Stanley Fish

Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language. Like a seasoned...


The Sound on the Page

by Ben Yagoda

In writing, style matters. Our favorite writers often entertain, move, and inspire us less by what they say than by how they say it. In The Sound on the Page, acclaimed author, teacher, and critic Ben Yagoda...


The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases

The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor's Advice to Writers

by Betsy Lerner

Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address...


Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

by Bill Bryson

From one of America's most beloved and bestselling authors, a wonderfully useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.

What is the difference...


Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again

by Paul Yeager

By turns gleefully precise and happily contrarian, this is a highly opinionated guide to better communication. In Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, author Paul Yeager attacks with a linguistic scalpel...


Escaping Into the Open

by Elizabeth Berg

Both autobiography and primer, Escaping into the Open is an inspiring, practical handbook on the joys and challenges of the writing life. Renowned author and writing instructor Elizabeth Berg interweaves the...


This Year You Write Your Novel

by Walter Mosley

No more excuses. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and...


Write Like Hemingway: Writing Lessons You Can Learn from the Master

by R. Andrew Wilson

The bad news is: You have to learn to write. The good news is: Learning to write just became easier.

In this book, writers learn to write like they were born that way from one of America's greatest literary...


The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

by Stephen Fry

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry?s witty and practical guide, now in paperback, gives the aspiring poet or student the tools and confidence to write and understand poetry.

Stephen Fry believes that if one can...


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