This is a running list of resources my writers have found useful.

Books and Articles

Lynda Barry, What It Is and Syllabus

Robin Behn, The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach

Wendy Laura Belcher, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks

Elizabeth Benedict, Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Nathan Bransford, How to Write a Novel

Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Hallie Cantor, “The Writer’s Process,” The New Yorker: May 29, 2017 Issue.

Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers

Sherry Ellis, Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers

Melissa Febos, “Do You Want to Be Known For Your Writing, or For Your Swift Email Responses?“,

E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

Joan Frank, Because You Have to: A Writing Life

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Stardust and Salt: Daily Creative Practice

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees

Stephen King, On Writing

Theresa MacPhail, “A Realistic Summer Writing Schedule,”

Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

Bernadette Mayer, “Writing Experiments

Deena Metzger, Writing For Your Life

Orhan Pamuk, The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist: Understanding What Happens When We Write and Read Novels

Maria Popova, “Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers,”

Linda Seger, Making a Good Writer Great

Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

Susan Shaughnessy, Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers

John Trimble, Writing with Style

Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write

Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats

Blue Mountain Center, a working community of artists, writers, and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Bindercon, a conference and community for women and gender non-conforming writers

Cave Canem, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets

Kundiman, dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian American literature

Vona Voices, writing workshops for writers of color




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