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Recommended Reading and Resources

Writers need to read, too! This selection of titles is in no way comprehensive, but has something to show writers about style, the craft, or are just all-around good reads.


A Writer’s Reference, Diana Hacker

Alan Cooper’s Homonyms

Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition (if you’re really ambitious)

The Elements of Style, Strunk & White

Writer’s Market 2018

Writing Resources:

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

“Nuts and Bolts: ‘Thought’ Verbs,” Chuck Palahniuk

On Writing, Steven King

Print Run Podcast, hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane

Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose

“Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript,” Kristen Lamb

Story Hospital

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work, ed. Maria Arana

Books about Books:

The Clothing of Books, by Jhumpa Lihiri

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman

How to Be A Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading Too Much, Samantha Ellis

Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, Maureen Corrigan

What We See When We Read, Peter Mendelsund

Zen in the Art of Reading, by Ray Bradbury