Resources

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Students and I have been adding to this growing list of speculative and literary writing resources including books, videos, presentations, etc. that may be helpful to poets and writers.

Worldbuilding

Writing and Revision Processes

  • Bell, James Scott, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel That Sells (Writers’ Digest Books, 2008, 2012)
  • Bell, Susan, The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
  • Bachelard, Gaston, The Poetics of Space (Penguin Classics, 2014)
  • Browne, Renni & King, Dave, Self-editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2004)
  • Cron, Lisa, Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere (Ten Speed Press, 2016)
  • Goldberg, Natalie, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Publications, 2005)
  • Killgallon, Dan, Sentence Composing for College: A Worktext on Sentence Variety and Maturity (Heinemann, 1998)
  • King, Stephen, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Scribner, 2000, 2010)
  • Landon, Brooks, Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Plume, 2013)
  • Le Guin, Ursula K., Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story (Mariner Books, 1998, 2015)
  • Lukeman, Noah, The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 2000)
  • Oliver, Mary, A Poetry Handbook (Mariner Books, 1994)
  • Pullman, Philip, Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling (Vintage, 2018)
  • Rosenfeld, Jordan, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice (Writer’s Digest Books, 2015)
  • Scofield, Sandra, The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer (Penguin Books, 2007)
  • Scofield, Sandra, The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision (Penguin Books, 2017)
  • Ueland, Brenda, If You Want to Write (Martino Fine Books, 1938, 2011)
  • VanderMeer, Jeff, Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams, 2013, 2018)
  • Yorke, John, Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story (Harry N. Abrams, 2015)
  • Article: Leis, Richard, “A Writing Process

Submitting

Fairy Tales

  • PDF: Bernheimer, Kate, “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale
  • Bernheimer, Kate, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (Penguin Books, 2010)
  • Tatar, Maria, The Classic Fairy Tales (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1999)
  • Annual Journal: Fairy Tale Review (Wayne State University Press)

New Weird

  • VanderMeer, Ann & VanderMeer, Jeff, The New Weird (Tachyon Publications, 2008)
  • VanderMeer, Ann & VanderMeer, Jeff, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (Tor, 2011)

Speculative Poetry

Ursula K. Le Guin