Books and resources

Writing Fiction

A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition)
Janet Burroway

Writing-FictionThe most widely used and respected text in its field, Writing Fiction, by novelists Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French guides the novice story writer from first inspiration to final revision by providing practical writing techniques and concrete examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, the text encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process, offering an abundance of exercises designed to spur writing and creativity. The text also integrates diverse contemporary short stories in every chapter in the belief that the reading of inspiring fiction goes hand-in-hand with the writing of fresh and exciting stories.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Longman; 8 edition (January 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0205750346
ISBN-13: 978-0205750344
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches


Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice

Author(s): Charles Anderson, Marian MacCurdy

writing-healingIn Writing and Healing editors Charles M. Anderson and Marian M. MacCurdy compile 15 essays composed by and directed toward writing teachers and others who have experienced writing and healing in a variety of settings—from classrooms to substance abuse treatment centers to AIDS support groups. The essays provide not only descriptions of particular practices but also explorations of areas of theory that support the development of techniques in healing. Writing and Healing provides a unique occasion for teachers, scholars, and other professionals to begin an open, serious conversation about the healing power of writing.

Refiguring English Studies series. 475 pp. 2000. College. ISBN 0-8141-5860-9.
ISBN/ISSN: 0-8141-5860-9
Stock No.: 58609

The Writer’s Gym

Eliza Clark – Editor

writersgymMotivated by her own experiences as a writer and as a workshop leader, Eliza Clark has conceived a creative-writing book focused on quick and simple exercises—an inspirational kick-start to help writers practise and improve by getting their creative juices flowing. With contributions in the form of interviews, tips, and fiction exercises from some of the best writers working today, this is an essential book for both the novice and seasoned pro.

From Penguin

The Blunt Playwright

bluntplaywrightAn Introduction to Playwriting
Clem Martini
“There are no rules. There exists a large body of advice regarding the writing of plays… but in the end, there are no rules—and no policing body to enforce them, even if there were.”
—from the introduction by Clem Martini

The Blunt Playwright by Clem Martini guides introductory students of playwriting through the intricacies of playwriting in a direct, informative, and entertaining fashion. It examines dramatic structure, discusses the creative process, explores the nature of character in dramatic work, provides a number of writing exercises that are useful for generating text, and cites local and international playwrights throughout.


Negotiating with the Dead

negotiatingA Writer on Writing.

Margaret Atwood

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood’s definitive look at the role of the writer.

What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors that writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain — or excuse — their activities, looking at what roles they have chosen to play.

Margaret Atwood’s wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by personal anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer. The lightness of her touch is offset by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2003.
– Craft