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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.


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


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