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  • On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Editionby William Zinsser

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 12.79

    On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology,... more...

  • Monkeys with Typewritersby Scarlett Thomas

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.79

    Stories are everywhere... Exploring the great plots from Plato to The Matrix and from Tolstoy to Toy Story, this is a book for anyone who wants to unlock any narrative and learn to create their own. With startling and original insights into how we construct stories, this is a creative writing book like no other. It will show you how to read and write... more...

  • Sin and Syntaxby Constance Hale

    Crown/Archetype 2013; US$ 16.00

    A fully revised and updated edition with challenges and writing prompts in every chapter Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication,... more...

  • Story Geniusby Lisa Cron

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2016; US$ 15.99

    Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story , this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story . It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story... more...

  • Writing For a Good Causeby Danielle Furlich; Joseph Barbato

    Touchstone 2000; US$ 1.99

    Filled with tips and survival skills from writers and fund-raising officers at nonprofits of all sizes, Writing for a Good Cause is the first book to explain how to use words well to win your cause the money it needs. Whether you work for a storefront social action agency or a leading university, the authors' knowledgeable, practical advice will... more...

  • It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentencesby June Casagrande

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2010; US$ 14.00

    In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published... more...

  • The Economist Style Guideby The Economist

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 13.31

    Clear writing is the key to clear thinking. So think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible . That's the thinking that underpins this much-loved guide, and the mantra for anyone wanting to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned. The Economist Style Guide guides the reader through... more...

  • Writing with a Word Processorby William Zinsser

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 5.59

    In this helpful and entertaining book the author of the classic On Writing Well explains that he has always had a love of paper and a fear of mechanical objects. He describes how he confronted his hang-ups, got a word processor, taught himself to use it and gradually overcame his sense of inferiority to the machine. He explains how the word processor—by... more...

  • The Art of Subtextby Charles Baxter

    Graywolf Press 2013; US$ 11.19

    Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of , a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction . Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional... more...

  • Inventing the Truthby William Zinsser

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1998; US$ 12.95

    In this perfect companion for anyone beguiled by memoirs or embarking on writing one, nine distinguished authors -- Russell Baker, Jill Ker Conway, Annie Dillard, Ian Frazier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alfred Kazin, Frank McCourt, Toni Morrison, and Eileen Simpson -- reflect on the writing process. more...