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Telling Your Story


Style guides, writing exercises, publishing directories and advice from authors are here for writers of all genres.


Now Write! Nonfiction

Sherry Ellis

An essential handbook for nonfiction writers, featuring the trusted personal writing exercises of today's masters of creative non-fiction, including Gay Talese, Reza Aslan, John Matteson, Tilar Mazzeo, and many more! Beginners and seasoned write

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The Guide for Every Screenwriter

Geoffrey D. Calhoun

Screenwriting made simple. The Guide for Every Screenwriter is one of the most efficient instruction manuals on the craft. This book cuts past verbose exposition and gets straight to work, delivering sample-driven outlines and templates that anyone c

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Writing Family Histories and Memoirs

Kirk Polking

From conducting solid research to producing a compelling book, readers are led step-by-step through the process of re-creating their past.

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The Author's Toolkit

Mary Embree

All writers yearn for success and recognition. And now we are entering a golden era in which self-publishers are in the driver’s seat. In The Author’s Toolkit, aspiring authors, students, and even established writers will find the resources they

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The Writer's Idea Workshop

Jack Heffron

This volume draws on the success of its idea generating predecessor "The Writer's Idea Book" and takes readers to the next step--assessing their ideas and growing them into finished pieces.

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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

Jane Smiley

An essential guide for writers and readers alike, here is Smiley’s great celebration of the novel. As she embarks on an exhilarating tour through one hundred titles—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Za

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How I Write

Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof, Alex Evanovich

In a handbook for aspiring writers, the best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum novels answers important questions about how she comes up with her plots, the creation of memorable characters, what the life of a full-time writer is like, what prospe

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Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published

Editors of Writers Digest Books

Everything you need to succeed in the business of writing! You have the ideas and the desire–but how do you get your writing published? Find out here! Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published gives you the inspiration and instruction you nee

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On Writing

Stephen King

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are imposs

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Steering the Craft

Ursula K. Le Guin

A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptivel

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The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage

Allan M. Siegal, William G. Connolly

For anyone who writes--short stories or business plans, book reports or news articles--knotty choices of spelling, grammar, punctuation and meaning lurk in every line: Lay or lie? Who or whom? That or which? Is Band-Aid still a trademark? It's e

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The Art of Memoir

Mary Karr

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For th

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The Kite and the String

Alice Mattison

A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher “A book-length master class.” —The Atlant

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Elements of Fiction

Walter Mosley

In his essential writing guide, This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In this com-plementary follow up, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any

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Dreyer's English

Benjamin Dreyer

A witty, informative guide to writing from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading language gurus--a twenty-first-century Elements of Style. We're all of us writers: We write term papers and office memos, letter

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Consider This

Chuck Palahniuk

Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling. In this spellbinding blend of memoi

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Before and After the Book Deal

Courtney Maum

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide written by an acclaimed author. There are countless books on the market about how to write better but very few books on how

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