Resources

Workshops | Writing Tips | Submission Opportunities

Students and I have been adding to this growing list of literary and speculative writing resources including books, videos, presentations, etc. that may be helpful to writers and poets. While literary and speculative resources are separated below, there is often overlap that may be helpful for writers of any genre of writing.

Submitting

I have written an article about how I submit here: “A Submission Process

And here’s a great way to deal with rejections: compete for the most rejections with the annual Rejection Competition organized by Reneé Bibby!

Literary Fiction & Poetry Resources

Writing & Craft

I have written an article about my own process here: “A Writing Process

  • Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (Penguin Classics, 2014)
  • Blake Snyder, Save the Cat! (Michael Wiese Productions, 2005)
  • Blake Snyder, Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies (Michael Wiese Productions, 2017)
  • Lisa Cron, 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)
  • Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Publications, 2005)
  • Dan Killgallon, Sentence Composing for College: A Worktext on Sentence Variety and Maturity (Heinemann, 1998)
  • Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor, 1995)
  • Brooks Landon, Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Plume, 2013)
  • Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 2000)
  • Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook (Mariner Books, 1994)
  • Jordan Rosenfeld, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice (Writer’s Digest Books, 2015)
  • Sandra Scofield, The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer (Penguin Books, 2007)
  • Sandra Scofield, The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision (Penguin Books, 2017)
  • Benda Ueland, If You Want to Write (Martino Fine Books, 1938, 2011)
  • John Yorke, Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story (Harry N. Abrams, 2015)

Revision

  • James Scott Bell, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel That Sells (Writer’s Digest Books, 2008, 2012)
  • Susan Bell, The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
  • Renni Browne & Dave King, Self-editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2004)

Speculative Fiction & Poetry Resources

Writing & Craft

  • Philip Athans, Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books, 2014)
  • Steven Harper, Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story (Writer’s Digest Books, 2011)
  • Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Scribner, 2000, 2010)
  • Damon Knight, Creating Short Fiction: Revised and Expanded Third Edition (ReAnimus Press, 2016)
  • Nancy Kress, Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Writer’s Digest Books, 2011)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story (Mariner Books, 1998, 2015)
  • Joe Mynhardt, Horror 101: The Way Forward – Career Advice by Seasoned Professionals (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2014)
  • Philip Pullman, Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling (Vintage, 2018)
  • Robert Qualkinbush, How to Improve Your Speculative Fiction Openings, Second Edition (ReAnimus Press, 2013)
  • Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward, Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press, 2005)
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams, 2013, 2018)
  • Tim Waggoner, Writing in the Dark (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2020)
  • Chuck Wendig, The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience (Writer’s Digest Books, 2013)
  • Kate Wilhelm, Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop (Small Beer Press, 2005)
  • John Yorke, Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story (Harry N. Abrams, 2015)

Revision

  • Lee Murray & Angela Yuriko Smith, Mark My Words: Read the Submission Guidelines and Other Self-editing Tips (Yuriko Publishing, 2021)

Worldbuilding

Fairy Tales

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

New Weird

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

Speculative Poetry

Ursula K. Le Guin