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Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew
by Ursula K. Le Guin 

An exhilarating workout for writers of narrative fiction or nonfiction. With her sharp mind and wit and a delightful sense of playfulness, Le Guin has turned a successful workshop into a self-guided voyage of discovery for a writer working alone or for a writing group or class.

( Click to read more at Powells.com)

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Now Write!
by Sherry Ellis 

A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today’s best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suarez, Margot Livesay, and more.

( Click to read more at Penguin.com )

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Story by Robert McKee

Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his seminars, providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen.

(Read more at HarperCollins)

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If You Want to Write If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
by Brenda Ueland 

In If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland sets forth not just a philosophy about how to write or how to create, but also about how to live. Beginning writers will certainly be encouraged by Ueland’s words, but even the most experienced have much to glean from Ueland’s simple wisdom.

( Click to read more at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca )

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The Midnight Disease The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain
by Alice Weaver Flaherty 

Why is it that some writers struggle for months to come up with the perfect sentence or phrase while others, hunched over a keyboard deep into the night, seem unable to stop writing? In The Midnight Disease, neurologist Alice W. Flaherty explores the mysteries of literary creativity: the drive to write, what sparks it, and what extinguishes it.

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The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication
by Ralph Keyes

The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer's development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn't nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish.

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
by Renni Browne and Dave King

The term "editor" has taken on a new connotation in recent years. At today's publishing houses, editors find most of their time is invested in negotiating contracts, acquiring books, and lunching literary agents. Because this leaves so little time for working on manuscripts, even very strong submissions that need editing tend to be rejected. Writers who use this book can give their work the editorial attention it needs — before the book ever reaches the publisher's desk. A pre-edited book, short story, or article makes looks like the work of a professional rather than an amateur. As such, its author is far more likely to get published — and to become a better writer in the process.

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Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft
by David Morrell

Best-selling novelist David Morrell provides insights and advice learned during 30 years of writing and selling novels - insider secrets that are sure to help writers achieve the next level of literary success, whether they're just beginning or already published! With captivating anecdotes and thoughtful discussion, Morrell explores the basics of the writing craft, from structure and character to dialogue and style, allowing readers to look, first-hand, into the mind of an internationally known best-selling novelist.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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Reading Like a Writer
by Francine Prose

To know how the great writers create their magic, one needs to engage in a close reading of the masters, for that is precisely what successful writers have done for thousands of years. College programs in creative writing and summer workshops serve a purpose, but they can never replace a careful reading of the likes of Austen, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Salinger, Tolstoy, and Woolf. In this excellent guide, Prose explains exactly what she means by close reading, drawing attention to the brick and mortar of outstanding narratives: words, sentences, paragraphs, character, dialogue, details, and more. In the process, she does no less than escort readers to a heightened level of appreciation of great literature.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
by Natalie Goldberg

Fans of Goldberg's popular books on writing, Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), will find much of interest in her latest effort. Full of suggestions about the writing life and the wide variety of techniques and strategies that can be brought to bear on the writing process, this book shows once again Goldberg's commitment to "writing practice" and to the value of tracing the diverse ways she and others discover and develop subject matter.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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Words Fail Me
by Patricia T. O'Conner

O'Connor uses humor as she takes apart sentences and their parts and shows how each element is used effectively. She does get into the heavy-duty writing tools and even the pitfalls, including point of view, jargon, and rhythm.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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Wild Mind
by Natalie Goldberg

Here is compassionate, practical, and often humorous advice about how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block -- including more than thirty provocative "Try this" exercises to get your pen moving.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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Rules of Thumb
Edited by Michael Martone and Susan Neville

Neophyte scribblers should eat well (broccoli is a recommended brain food), avoid writing dream sequences, establish writing routines, write short chapters whenever possible and, above all else, "be wary of rules of thumb," because too many "can make a chap all thumbs." These advice snippets come from established writers and are collected in this go-to resource for blocked, procrastinating or otherwise distracted would-be writers in need of a quasi-mentoring.

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The Muses Among Us
by Kim Stafford

Son of poet William Stafford, Oregon writer Kim Stafford offers a brief, gem-packed primer on the writer's craft, drawing largely from his experiences as writer, teacher, and "professional eavesdropper." Stafford's book is drenched with spirituality and seeking: he sees himself as a kind of scribe "resting near the prophet, ready to rise up at once and write what speaks."

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Reading and Writing
by Robertson Davies

Novelist Davies, master of Massey College of the University of Toronto, delivered this volume's two essays in the Tanner Lectures series at Yale in 1991. In them he surprises, delights and educates with his views of literature's power to "reveal marvelous things about life."

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves
by Lynne Truss

Employing a chatty tone that ranges from pleasant rant to gentle lecture to bemused dismay, Truss dissects common errors that grammar mavens have long deplored (often, as she readily points out, in isolation) and makes elegant arguments for increased attention to punctuation correctness: "without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning."

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Dojo Wisdom For Writers
by Jennifer Lawler

When black belt Jennifer Lawler started training in the martial arts, she discovered that the skills she was honing in the dojo (training hall)—how to focus, stay disciplined, and persevere—could be used in her professional life as a writer and writing instructor.

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Toxic Feedback
by Joni B. Cole

All writers have stories of how some teacher, workshop participant, friend, or spouse gave them commentary that undermined their confidence and their writing. This "toxic feedback" has tainted feedback's reputation as a whole, causing too many writers to avoid or mismanage this valuable resource.

In the first book to focus on this vital but delicate dynamic, Joni B. Cole applies first-person experience, real-life teaching examples, and her own unique ability to entertain while reaffirming the many merits of feedback.

( Click to read more at Amazon.ca )

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A Writer's Book of Days
by Judy Reeves

Musicians practice. Athletes practice. And so, too, argues Judy Reeves, should writers practice. Her Writer's Book of Days provides a "writing prompt" for each day of the year, and then some: "Write about a time someone said yes"; "Write about leaving"; "Something seemed different." The more you practice, says Reeves, the more you write.

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45 Master Characters
by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Every novelist, screenwriter and oral storyteller faces the challenge of creating original and exciting characters. Archetypes--mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate--provide a solid foundation upon which to fashion new and vastly different story people.

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