Creative and Memoir Writing Resources

Everyday Creative Writing, Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink, by Michael C. Smith and Suzanne Greenberg (2000)
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Creating Characters, How to Build Story People, by Dwight V. Swain (2008)
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Getting into Character, Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors, by Brandilyn Collins (2002)
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How to Tell a Story, the Secrets of Writing Captivating Tales, by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost (1998)
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Creating Character Emotions, Writing compelling, fresh approaches that express your characters’ true feelings, by Ann Hood (1998)
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Building Believable Characters, by Marc McCutcheon (2000)
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Dynamic Characters, How to Create Personalities that Keep Readers Captivated, by Nancy Kress (1998)
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The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D. (2006)
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Characters & Viewpoint, How to invent, construct, and animate vivid, credible characters and choose the best eyes through which to view the events of your short story or novel, by Orson Scott Card (1988)
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Voice & Style, How to develop your own voice as a writer, hone your personal writing style, and create powerful character voices in your fiction, by Johnny Payne (1995)

“Shut Up!” He Explained, A Writer’s Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue, by William Noble (1985)

Show, Don’t Tell, A Writer’s Guide, by William Noble (1990)
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Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, How to get your stories off to a roaring start, keep them tight and crisp throughout, and end them with a wallop, by Nancy Kress (1993)
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Plot, How to build short stories and novels that don’t sag, fizzle, or trail off in scraps of frustrated revision—and how to rescue stories that do, by Ansen Dibell (1988)

The Plot Thickens, 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life, by Noah Lukeman (2003)
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Scene & Structure, How to construct fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability, by Jack M. Bickham (1993)

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Conflict, Action & Suspense, How to pull readers in and carry them along with dramatic, powerful storytelling, by William Noble (1999)
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Theme & Strategy, How to build a strong, narrative structure to help your fiction stand tall, run rast, hit hard, and soar to success, by Ronald B. Tobias (1990)
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Between the Lines, master the subtle elements of fiction writing, by Jessica Page Morrell (2006)
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Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page, by Sheila Bender (2002)
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Creative Guide to Journal Writing, How to Enrich Your Life With a Written Journal, by Dan Johnson (1989)
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The creative Writer’s Style Guide, by Christopher T. Leland (2002)
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A Manual of Style, The University of Chicago Press (1993)
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The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, by the Associated Press (2009)
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The Synonym Finder, by Nancy LaRoche (1986)
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The Power of Memories, How to use them to improve your health and well-being, by Frank Minirth, M.D. (1995)
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The Writer’s Ultimate Research Guide, Where to go for everything a writer needs to know, by Ellen Metter (1995)
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The Research Process: A Complete Guide and Reference for Writers, by Martin Maner (1999)
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The Writer’s Handbook, edited by Sylvia K. Burack

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The Creative Writer’s Handbook, by Philip K. Jason and Allan B. Lefcowitz (2009)
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Portable MFA in Creative Writing (New York Writers Workshop), by New York Writers Workshop (2006)
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Interactive Writer’s Handbook, by Darryl Wimberley & Jon Samsel (1996)
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The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them, by Richard N. Bolles (1981)
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Page after Page, Discover the Confidence & Passion you need to Start Writing & Keep Writing (no matter what!), by Heather Sellers (2005)
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Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (1994)
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Write From Life, Turning Your Personal Experiences into Compelling Stories, by Meg Files (2002)
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Stories for the Family’s Heart, compiled by Alice Gray (1998)
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Writing for Your Life, by Deena Metzger (1992)
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Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer (1998)
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On Being a Writer, by Bill Strickland (1989)

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art,  by Judith Barrington
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Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, by Bill Roorbach
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Turning Memories Into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories, by Denis Ledoux
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How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer, by Lois Daniel
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The Autobiography Box, A Step-by-Step Kit for Examining the Life Worth Living, by Brian Bouldrey (2000)
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Discovering the Writer Within, 40 Days to More Imaginative Writing, by Bruce Ballenger & Barry Lane (1996)
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Letters to My Children, a Father Passes on His Values, by Daniel Taylor (2010)
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The Faith of a Writer, by Joyce Carol Oates (2004)
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The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch (2008)
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Room to Write, by Bonni Goldberg (1996)
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