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Creative Writing Resources


Why Writing Matters

Drawing lessons from writers of all ages and writing across genres, a distinguished teacher and writer reveals the enduring importance of writing for our time

Murder Your Darlings: and other gentle writing advice from Aristotle to Zinsser

From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.

Once upon a Time in the Twenty-First Century: Unexpected Exercises in Creative Writing

Fun and innovative exercises and prompts for creative writing students

The Poets and Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation's largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers.

Next Line, Please: Prompts to Inspire Poets and Writers

In this book, David Lehman, the longtime series editor of the Best American Poetry, offers a masterclass in writing in form and collaborative composition.

Writer's Market 2020

Let Writer's Market 2020 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents--as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.

Novels & Short Stories

Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

As the author of twenty-four novels, Elizabeth George is one of the most successful--and prolific--novelists today. In Mastering the Process, George offers readers a master class in the art and science of crafting a novel.

Great Stories Don't Write Themselves

In Great Stories Don't Write Themselves, Larry Brooks has developed a series of detailed checklists backed by tutorial content for novelists of every level and genre to refer to as they write regardless of which writing method they prefer.

Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life

Martin clearly delineates helpful and practical techniques for demystifying the writing process and provides tools for perfecting the art of the scene, characterization, detail, point of view, language, and revision--in short, the art of writing.

Freefall into Fiction: Finding Form

Freefall into Fiction: Finding Form is designed to help writers, step-by-step, to create publishable short stories, novels, and memoirs...

Flash Fiction

Flash!: writing the very short story

FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story.

Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook

In Brevity, David Galef provides a guide to writing flash fiction, from tips on technique to samples by canonical and contemporary authors to provocative prompts that inspire powerful stories in a little space.


Next Word, Better Word: the craft of writing poetry

This accessible writer's guide provides a helpful framework for creating poetry and navigates contemporary concerns and practices.

My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth

. Written in short, easy-to-digest chapters, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice includes prompts and inspiration, writing suggestions, and instruction.

How To Be a Poet

How to be a Poet combines advice, ideas and encouragement from experienced poets and editors in topical chapters to examine both the technical and creative dimensions of being a poet.

Creative Nonfiction

The Writer's Practice: building confidence in your nonfiction writing

Drawing on his classroom experience and the most persuasive research in contemporary composition studies, he devised an innovative new framework: a step-by-step method that moves the student through a series of writing problems, an organic, bottom-up writing process that exposes and acculturates them to the ways writers work in the world.

Tell It Slant: creating, refining, and publishing creative nonfiction

You will learn how to find a distinctive voice, use prompts to get started and keep writing, discover stories in impossible places, tackle (and enjoy) background research, and more.

Finding More Books on Creative Writing Topics

The titles listed above are great for getting you started! For additional titles, try searching the HACC Catalog and ebooks on EBSCOhost (linked below), using the following subject headings:

  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction Authorship
  • Poetry Authorship
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Authorship Marketing
  • Authorship Handbooks
  • Poetics


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