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Rethinking the Craft of Fiction Writing: Resources on Teaching and Learning Creative Writing (January 2022): Works Cited

By Thomas Dodson

Works Cited

Alison, Jane. Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative. Catapult, 2019.

“The Art of Fiction.” The Paris Review. [1953-]

“The Art Of” series, edited by Charles Baxter. 13v. Graywolf, 2007-18.

Atwood, Margaret. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Virago, 2003 (CH, Oct’02, 40-0745).

Baxter, Charles. The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot. Graywolf, 2007 [“The Art Of” series].

____. Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction. Graywolf, 1997; 2nd ed., 2008.

Bell, Madison Smartt. Narrative Design: A Writer’s Guide to Structure; W. W. Norton, 1997; pbk ed., subtitled Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form, 2000.

Bernays, Anne, and Pamela Painter. What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Longman, 2000; 2nd ed., 2004.

Browne, Renni, and Dave King. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Harper Collins, 1993; 2nd ed., subtitled How to Edit Yourself into Print, William Morrow, 2004.

Burroway, Janet, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. Little, Brown, 1982; 10th ed., Chicago, 2019.

Butler, Robert Olen. From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, ed. by Janet Burroway. Grove, 2006.

Castellani, Christopher. The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story. Graywolf, 2016 [“The Art Of” series].

Chavez, Felicia Rose. The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. Haymarket Books, 2021.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago, 2017.

Corbett, David. The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV. Penguin, 2013.

Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs, ed. by Julie Checkoway. Story Press, 1999; 3rd printing, 2004.

Cron, Lisa. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence. Ten Speed Press, 2012.

D’Erasmo, Stacey. The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. Graywolf, 2013. [“The Art Of” series].

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. Harper & Row, 1989.

Dufresne, John. The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction. W. W. Norton, 2003.

Einsohn, Amy. The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications. California, 2000; 4th ed., rev., updated, and expanded, coauthored with Marilyn Schwartz, 2019 (CH, Nov’19, 57-0801).

Fish, Stanley Eugene. How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One. Harper, 2011.

Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel. Harcourt, Brace, 1947 [many times reprinted].

Friedman, Bonnie. Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life. HarperCollins, 1993.

Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. Knopf, 1984; reissued, Vintage, 1991.

___. On Becoming a Novelist. Harper & Row, 1983.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Shambhala, 1986; 2nd ed, expanded with new preface and interview with author, 2005; 30th anniv ed., 2016.

Hemingway, Ernest. Ernest Hemingway on Writing, ed. by Larry W. Phillips. Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Hills, L. Rust. Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular: An Informal Textbook. Houghton Mifflin, 1977; rev. ed., 1987.

James, Henry. The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces by Henry James. C. Scribner’s Sons, 1934; reissued with a new foreword by Colm Tóibín, Chicago, 2011. 

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner, 2000; pbk [20th anniv.] ed., 2020. 

Kiteley, Brian. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. Writer’s Digest Books, 2005.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Pantheon, 1994; 2nd Anchor Books ed., 2019.

LaPlante, Alice. The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing. W. W. Norton, 2007.

Le Guin, Ursula K. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew. Eighth Mountain Press, 1998; modernized new ed., subtitled A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. Mariner Books, 2015.

Livesey, Margot. The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing. Tin House Books, 2017.

Mura, David. A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing. Georgia, 2018.

Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. ed. by Bret Anthony Johnston. Random House, 2007.

O’Connor, Flannery. Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, ed. by Sally Fitzgerald and Robert Fitzgerald. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969 (CH, Dec’69).

The Paris Review Interviews. Picador, 2009.

Percy, Benjamin. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. Graywolf, 2016.

Prose, Francine. Reading like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. HarperCollins, 2006.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Free within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors. Main Street Books/Doubleday, 1999.

Salesses, Matthew. Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping. Catapult, 2021.

Saunders, George. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life. Random House, 2021.

Shawver, Brian. The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook. University Press of New England, 2013 (CH, Aug’13, 50-6512).

Silber, Joan. The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes. Graywolf Press, 2009.

VanderMeer, Jeff. Wonderbook: An Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, art by Jeremy Zerfoss et al. Abrams Image, 2013; rev. ed., 2018.

Welty, Eudora. On Writing, Modern Library, 2002 [Originally published as part of The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews. Random House, 1978].

Wharton, Edith. The Writing of Fiction. Scribner’s Sons, 1925; republished in Touchstone ed., Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Wood, James. How Fiction Works. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008; 10th anniv. ed., updated and expanded, Picador, 2018.

Digital Resources

Bookworm. KCRW Santa Monica

Brevity. [“Craft Essays”] 

Catapult. [“Don’t Write Alone”]

International Writing Program. [“Welcome to Our MOOC-Pack Library”]

Literary Hub. [“Craft and Advice”]

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. [podcast audio].

Poets & Writers. [“The Time Is Now”]