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General Instruction and Reference



This webpage lists instructional and reference publications. Recommended literary works are listed on the REFERENCES > Authors webpage.

General Instruction and Reference

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. First edition, 1977.

Cameron, Julia. The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. 1992.

The Chicago Manual of Style. First edition, 1906.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. 1986.

Strunk, Jr., William and White, E. B. The Elements of Style. First edition, 1935.

Yolen, Jane. Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft. 2006.


Addonizio, Kim; Laux, Dorianne. The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. 1997.

Hugo, Richard. Triggering Town. 1979.

Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. 1994.

Oliver, Mary. Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse. 1998.

Stafford, William. Crossing Unmarked Snow: Further Views on the Writer's Vocation. 1998.

Stafford, William. Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation. 1978.

Stafford, William. You Must Revise Your Life. 1986.

University of Michigan Press. Poets on Poetry. Lauded series of books. Website.


Bell, James Scott. Plot and Structure. 2004.

Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. 2002.

Burroway, Janet; Stuckey-French, Elizabeth; and Stuckey-French, Ned. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. Tenth edition, 2019.

Butler, William Olin. From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction. 2006.

Dickson, Shirley and Smythe, Cheryl. The Writer's Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing (Volume 1). 1982.

Edgerton, Les. Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go. 2007.

Fredette, Jean M. The Writer's Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing (Volume 2). 1991.

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. 2000.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. 1994.

Leonard, Elmore. Ten Rules of Writing. 2007.

Maass, Donald. Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling. 2012.

Rainier, Tristine. Your Life as Story: Discovering the 'New Autobiography' and Writing Memoir as Literature. 1998.

Vogler, Christopher. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. 1992.

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