Recommended Writing Books

Hello Dear Writers,

As per request from the attendees of my most recent workshop, here is a selection of some of my favorite books on writing. If you have some favorites you think I should add to the list, please send me an email!



For Poetry:

“The Handbook of Poetic Forms” by Ron Padgett
“Sleeping On the Wing” by Kenneth Koch & Kate Farrell
“Poetry Everywhere” by Jack Collom & Sheryl Noethe (filled with kid lessons, but great for adults open to “beginner’s mind.”
“The Practice of Poetry” by Robin Behn & Chase Twitchell
“Old Faithful: 18 Writers Present Their Favorite Writing Assignments” (Geared toward teaching kids, but great for adults new to writing–there is so much we can learn from children’s writing!!)

For Memoir and Fiction:

1. “Anatomy of Story” by John Truby
2. “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler
3. “Your Life as Story” by Tristine Rainer
4. “Naked, Drunk, and Writing” by Adair Lara
5. “Making a good script great” by Linda Seeger

For Fiction:

“The Breakout Novelist” by Donald Maass

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