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Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

by Crawford Kilian

Find new direction and inspiration with this unique guide to creating original and convincing stories. Written by a successful author of more than ten science fiction and fantasy novels, Writing Science and...


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...


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...


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...


The Christian Writer's Coach: How to Get the Most out of a Writers Conference

by Northwest Christian Writer's Association

The Christian Writer's Coach: How to Get the Most Out of a Writers Conference is the first in a series of books specially designed by Northwest Christian Writers Association writers. In this book you will find...


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...


Publicize Your Book (Updated): An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves

by Jacqueline Deval

For first-time authors or the seasoned pro, this is the absolutely essential how-to for getting publicity?totally updated and expanded.

This indispensable guide from a book publicity insider offers everything...


Screenwriters on Screen-Writing: The Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft

by Joel Engel

Before any lights, camera, or action, there's the script--arguably the most important single element in filmmaking, and Screenwriters on Screen-Writing introduces the men and women responsible for the screenplays...


Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

by Michael Tierno

An insightful how-to guide for writing screenplays that uses Aristotle's great work as a guide.

Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from...


Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose

by Constance Hale

Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance...


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...