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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,...


Braving the Fire

by Jessica Handler

Braving the Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about mourning, grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or...


Fiction Writer's Workshop

by Josip Novakovich

Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop

The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours...


To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing

by Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as exciting-and potentially life-changing-as...


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...


Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

by Cheryl St.John

Today's highly competitive fiction market requires writers to imbue their novels with that special something - an element that captures readers' hearts and minds. In Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict,...


Confessions of a Professional Blogger: How I Make Money as an Online Writer

by Miranda Marquit

Confessions of a Professional Blogger offers a straightforward approach to becoming an Internet freelancer. This book pulls no punches, telling the truth about what it takes to successfully build a freelance...


That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors

by Evan Jenkins

That or Which, and Why is an insightful and witty guide to writing based on Evan Jenkins's long-running column 'Language Corner', compiled of brief, alphabetically arranged entries on approximately 200 major...


Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything In Between

by Carole Burns & Marie Arana

A guide where today’s best writers reveal their secrets. How do writers approach a new novel? Do they start with plot, character, or theme? A. S. Byatt starts with color. E. L. Doctorow begins with an image....


Homemade Biography

by Tom Zoellner

How well do you really know the older people in your family? And how will you make sure their stories will be preserved for generations to come? Homemade Biography is a fun and practical guide to recording a...


Writing Is My Drink: A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too)

by Theo Pauline Nestor

“Theo Nestor is a writer who, I am positive, will be heard from,” wrote Pulitzer Prize–winning author Frank McCourt, and hear from her we do in this enthralling memoir that doubles as a witty and richly...


The Banned List

by John Rentoul

A manifesto for clear writing and an indictment of the damage done to the English language by the use of jargon John Rentoul examines how poor writing and a reliance on jargon have damaged our ability to communicate...


The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

by Chuck Wendig

The journey to become a successful writer is long, fraught with peril, and filled with difficult questions: How do i write dialogue? How do I build suspense? What should I know about query letters? Where do...


Writing Local History Today: A Guide to Researching, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book

by Thomas A. Mason & J. Kent Calder

Featuring practical advice and sample documents, Writing Local History Today guides local historians through the sometimes daunting process of researching, writing, and publishing their work.


Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

by Dani Shapiro

“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating...


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...


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...


Will Write for Shoes

by Cathy Yardley

* What is Chick Lit exactly?* How do I write a Chick Lit novel?* What are the steps I need to take to get published? Once dismissed as a fad by the popular press and literary community, the women's fiction...


Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

by Kitty Burns Florey

"A witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting."The Wall Street Journal

Let a self-confessed "penmanship nut" take you on a tour of the strange...


Working on the Play and the Role: The Stanislavsky Method for Analyzing the Characters in a Drama

by Irina Levin & Igor Levin

The Stanislavsky method for analyzing the characters in a drama, systematized for the first time and clearly explained, using the complete text of The Cherry Orchard as illustration. "An excellent book, highly...