Group Library

How our “library” works:
Initials after a title indicate ownership. Ask the owner if you can borrow a title. Don’t lose it, ruin it, or keep it forever.
If a title you’re interested in isn’t listed, send an email to the group. It’s possible someone has it, but forgot to tell me.

Writing a Novel

  • The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel by Joyce and Jim Lavene (VC)
  • “Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook”, Donald Maass (VC)
  • “Writing the Breakout Novel”, Donald Maass (DA, VC)

Specific Aspects of Writing

  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark (VC)
  • The Writer’s Journey, 3rd edition, Vogler (DA)
  • Story, McKee (VC, EG)
  • DVD – The Heroe’s Two Journeys: Storytelling Secrets for Screenwriters, Novelists, Playwrights and Fiction Writers of all kinds. Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler (recommended by Kristan Higgins) (DA)
  • Setting by Jack Bickham (VC)
  • Description by Monica Wood (VC)
  • Plot by Ansen Dibell (VC)
  • Dialogue by Lewis Turco (VC)
  • Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble (VC)
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress (VC)
  • Theme & Strategy by Ronald B. Tobias (VC)
  • Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham (VC)
  • Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain (VC)
  • Spider Spin Me a Web: Lawrence Block on Writing Fiction (VC)
  • Finding your Voice: How to put Personality into your Writing by Les Edgerton (VC)
  • Voice & Style by Johnny Payne (VC)
  • Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward (VC)

Agents & Publishing

  • Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye by Katharine Sands (VC)
  • The Perfect Pitch by Ken Rotcop (VC)
  • The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide by Becky Levine (VC)

Style, Editing, Revising, Grammar

  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor – Priscilla Long (VC)
  • The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpe and Auriel Douglas (VC)
  • The Art of Styling Sentences by Anne Longknife and K.D. Sullivan (VC)
  • How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish (VC)
  • Getting the Words Right by Theodore A. Rees Cheney (VC)
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (VC)
  • It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences by June Casagrande (VC)

Being a Writer and Writing in General

  • Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (VC)
  • On Being a Writer edited by Bill Strickland (VC)
  • The Art of Fiction by John Gardner (VC)
  • On Writing – Stephen King (VC)



  • Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James (VC)
  • How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat (VC)
  • Cause of Death: a writer’s guide to death, murder and forensic medicine, Keith D. Wilson, M.D. (VC)
  • Howdunit: How crimes are committed and solved, ed. By John Boertlein (VC)
  • What Cops Know by Connie Fletcher (VC)
  • Scene of the Crime: A writer’s Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations by Anne Wingate (VC)
  • Police Procedural: A writer’s Guide to the Police and how they work by Russell Bintliff (VC)


  • Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field (VC)


  • Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, Helitzer (DA)

Short Fiction

  • “Creating Short Fiction”, Damon Knight (VC)
  • Flash Fiction by Michael Wilson (VC)
  • Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular (VC)


  • Market or Die: Integrated Marketing Plan Advice for Writers, Fusco (DA)


  • The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: 16 Master Archetypes, Cowden, LaFever, Viders (DA)
  • Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card (VC)
  • Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood (VC)
  • What Your Birthday Reveals About You: 366 days of Astonishingly Accurate Revelations about your future, your secrets and your strengths, P. Vega (DA) (helpful tool in character building)

Sex, Magic and other topics

  • Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Cunningham (contains author’s Book of Shadows) – (DA)

Header photo: Ithaca, NY courtesy of Paul Joran

Updated April 30, 2019

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