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 Weekend Novelist”, Robert J Ray (GS)

The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel by Joyce and Jim Lavene (VC)

“Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook”, Donald Maass (GS)

“Writing the Breakout Novel”, Donald Maass (GS)

“Handbook of Novel Writing”, Writer’s Digest (GS)

“The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing”, Writers’ Digest (GS)

“The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing”, Evan Marshal (GS)

“How to Grow a Novel”, Sol Stein (GS)

“Writing Fiction for Dummies”, Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy (GS)

Writing the Breakout Novel, D. Maas (DA)

“Writing a Novel”, John Braine (GS)

Specific Aspects of Writing

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark (VC)

“Language of the Night”, Ursula K Le Guin (GS)

“Writing for your Life #3”, Sybil Steinbert and Johnathan Bing (GS)

“What If?: Writing Exercies for Fiction Writers”, Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter (GS)

“Goal, Motivation & Conflict”, Debra Dixon (GS)

“The Scene Book”, Sandra Scofield (GS)

“The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, Joseph Campbell (GS)

“Writing from the Inside Out”, Dennis Palumbo (GS)

“Gotham Writers’ Workshop Writing Fiction”, Alexander Steele (GS)

Steering the Craft – Ursula LeGuin (CD, GS)

Reflections – Diana Wynne Jones (CD)

The Dread Chalupa – Chuck Wendig (PDF) (CD)

The Writer’s Journey, 3rd edition, Vogler (DA, GS)

Story, McKee (VC, GS, EG)

The Writer’s Idea Workshop: How to Make your Good Ideas Great, Heffron (?)

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, GS)

Plot by Ansen Dibell (VC)

“The Kick-Ass Writer”, Chuck Wendig (GS)

“Million Dollar Outlines”, David Farland (GS)

Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell (GS)

Dialogue by Lewis Turco (VC)

“Dialogue”, Gloria Kempton (GS)

Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble (VC)

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress (VC, GS)

Theme & Strategy by Ronald B. Tobias (VC)

Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham (GS, VC)

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain (VC, GS)

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

“Getting Published: The Writer in the Combat Zone”, Leonard S Bernstein (GS)

Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye by Katharine Sands (VC, GS)

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 (CD, VC)

“The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers”, Betsy Lerner (GS)

“Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”, Renni Browne and Dave King (GS)

“Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English”, Patricia T O’Conner (GS)

“The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate”, Eugene Ehrlich (GS)

“Line by Line”, Claire Kehrwald Cook (GS)

“The Fiction Editor”, Thomas McCormack (GS)

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)

“The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes”, Jack M Bickham (GS)

“Fiction First Aid”, Raymond Obstfeld (GS)

“On Writing Well”, William Zinsser (GS)

Being a Writer and Writing in General

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (CD, VC, GS)

“Writers on Writing”, John Winokur (GS)

“Writing Without Teachers”, Peter Elbow (GS)

“The Artist’s Way”, Julia Cameron (GS)

On Being a Writer edited by Bill Strickland (VC)

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner (GS, VC)

On Writing – Stephen King (CD, VC, GS)

“Writing Down the Bones”, Natalie Goldberg (GS)

“Wabi Sabi for Writers’, Richard R Powell (GS)

“If You Want to Write”, Brenda Ueland (GS)

“Zen in the Art of Writing”, Ray Bradbury (GS)

“Between the Lines”, Jessica Page Morrell (GS)

“The Art of War for Writers”, James Scott Bell (GS)

“Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft”, Jane Yolen (GS)

“The Writer’s Home Companion”, Joan Bolker (GS)

“Wild Mind: Living the Writers’ Life”, Natalie Goldberg (GS)

“How Reaching Changed My Life” Anna Quindlen (GS)

“Thunder and Lightning”, Natalie Goldberg (GS)

“The Courage to Write”, Ralph Keyes (GS)


“How to Write a Romance for the New Markets”, Kathryn Falk (GS)

“How to Write Romances”, Phyllis Taylor Pianka (GS)

“How to Write a Romance and Get it Published”, Kathryn Falk (GS)

 Science Fiction

“How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy”, Orson Scott Card (GS)

“Science Fiction Handbook, Revised”, L Sprague de Camp and Catherine Cook de Camp (GS)

“On Writing Science Fiction”, Scithers, Scheweitzer & Ford (GS)

“Writing and Selling Science Fiction”, SFWA (GS)


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)

“Don’t Murder Your Mystery”, Chris Roerden (GS)


“How to Write  Movie in 21 Days”, Viki King (GS)

Successful Script Writing, Wolff and Cox (?)

“Making a Good Script Great”, Linda Seger (GS)

“How to Write a Selling Screenplay”, Christopher Keane (GS)

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

“The Complete Book of Script-Writing”, J. Michael Straczynski (GS)


“The Comic Toolbox”, John Vorhaus (GS)

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

How to Write Funny, ed. By John B. Kachuba (?)

Short Fiction

“Creating Short Fiction”, Damon Knight (GS)

Flash Fiction by Michael Wilson (VC)

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular (VC)


How to Write and Sell Historical Fiction, Woolley (JB)


The Blogging Book, Risdahl (?)

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)

“Dynamic Characters”, Nancy Kress (GS)

“Creating Characters: How to Build Story People”, Dwight V Swain (GS)

“Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint”, Nancy Kress (GS)

“Getting Into Character”, Brandilyn Collins (GS)

Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card (VC, GS)

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

“Scrivener for Dummies”, Gwen Hernandez (GS)

Extraordinary Togetherness: A Woman’s Guide to Love, Sex and Intimacy, Harrar and Vantine (?)

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

“Visual Thinking”, Rudolf Arnheim (GS)

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