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The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control--and Live to Tell the Tale

by Alice Mattison

A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher

Writing...


How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication

by Mark Shaw

Written by a published author for aspiring authors, How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication provides practical advice for every writer who dreams of becoming published. Guaranteed to inspire, this...


Get Published in Literary Magazines: The Indispensable Guide to Preparing, Submitting and Writing Better

by Allison K Williams & Jay Ashworth

Getting published isn't a lottery or a slim chance—it’s the result of a thoughtful, deliberate submissions process. Learn how to identify your publication goals, judge your own level and find journals that...


Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhe

by Lisa Cron

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story.

It’s...


DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community

by Gabriela Pereira & Jacquelyn Mitchard

Get the Knowledge Without the College!

You are a writer. You dream of sharing your words with the world, and you're willing to put in the hard work to achieve success. You may have even considered earning your...


Crafting Dynamic Dialogue: The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction

by Writer's Digest Editors & Cheryl St. John

Write authentic dialogue that invigorates your story!

Exceptional dialogue isn't just important when writing fiction--it's essential. In order to impress an agent or editor and keep readers turning pages, you...


College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

by Ethan Sawyer

Writing an amazing college admission essay is easier than you think!

So you're a high school senior given the task of writing a 650-word personal statement for your college application. Do you tell the story...


Reading and Writing Cancer: How Words Heal

by Susan Gubar

An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist.

Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers,...


Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

by James Scott Bell

Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in...


Writing Short Stories: A Routledge Writer's Guide

by Ailsa Cox

This new edition of Writing Short Stories has been updated throughout to include new and revised exercises, up-to-date coverage of emerging technologies and a new glossary of key terms and techniques. Ailsa...


Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

by Jane Cleland

Enthrall Your Readers!

Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers--but it isn't just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension...


Garner's Modern English Usage

Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It

by Mark Shatz & Mel Helitzer

The Must-Have Guide to Humor Writing

Bring on the funny! With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition, you can discover the secrets of humor writing that will keep your readers rolling in their seats. Learn the basics...


How To Write A Book in less than 7 days: The Publishing Queen Reveals All

by Kylee Ellis

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Never seem to find the time to put pen to paper? Do you wish there was an easy method to write a book? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then this book...


The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing

by Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, draws writing lessons from 25 great texts.

Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading,...


Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

by Meredith Maran

In the voices of twenty landmark memoirists—including New York Times bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Sue Monk Kidd, and Pat Conroy—a definitive text on the craft of autobiographical writing, indispensable...


A Writer's Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings

by Mary Buckham & Dianna Love

Enhance Your Fiction with the Power of an Active Setting!

Setting is one of the most underutilized and misunderstood elements of the writing craft. And when writers do focus on setting, they often pull readers...


Social Media for Writers: Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books

by Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine

Maximize the Potential of Your Online Brand!

Over the past decade, social media has transformed from a fad into a necessity for writers. But for the inexperienced author, trying to make sense of--much less master--the...


Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey

by Joseph Bates

Equip yourself for the novel-writing journey!

Starting a novel is exciting, but finishing it--that's the real challenge. The journey from beginning to end is rife with forks in the road and dead ends that lead...


The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book

by Mary Embree

All writers yearn for success and recognition. And now we are entering a golden era in which self-publishers are in the driver’s seat. In The Author’s Toolkit, aspiring authors, students, and even established...