Because we are so passionate about books and publishing, we are proud to represent key titles about the writing process. These books will help you put your passion into print, provide you with writing exercises from the country's best MFA programs, and make you glad to be a reader.


A Wide Range

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Laura Brown

How to Write Anything

W.W. Norton

A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write—at work, at school, and in your personal life. Grounded in a common-sense approach, friendly and supportive, How to Write Anything is Internet-savvy, with advice throughout about choosing the most appropriate medium for your message: e-mail or pen and paper. At once a how-to, a reference book, and a pioneering guide for writing in a changing world, this is the only writing resource you'll ever need.

Alice LaPlante

Method and Madness

W.W. Norton

The famed Stanford University writing professor has written a guide to the craft of fiction that will be an invaluable resource for any writer at work on a novel. Comprehensive and accessible, it provides guidelines to all aspects of fiction writing, from generating ideas to getting published. As Lee K. Abbott, of Ohio State University, said, “Smart, patient, thorough, specific, practical and generous…Of its kind it is a jewel, rich with information and suggestion.”

Susan Wooldridge


Three Rivers/Random House

Now an inspiring classic, Susan Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy invites us into a realm where poetry is accessible and where poems are moments of discovery that often arrive in the most unexpected of places.  Anne LaMott called it “a wonderful book, smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful, inspiring. You're going to love it and love writing poetry more for having read it,” and Phillip Lopate adds, “Despite the crazy in the title, this is a very sensible book.”

Kendra Levin

The Hero Is You

Conari Press

A certified life coach for writers, as well as a children’s book editor, teacher, and writer, Kendra Levin’s here to help you do the best writing of your life―and live your best life while doing it. Using a fresh new approach to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal Hero’s Journey, Levin reveals how to be a hero in the narrative of your own process. Here she weaves together wisdom drawn from years as a coach and editor with over thirty exercises designed to help you reinvent your creative process. 

Chris Baty

No Plot? No Problem!

Chronicle Books

Chris Baty is the founder of NaNoWriMo, or "National Novel Writing Month," wherein participants aim to write a short novel during the 30 days of November.  Beginning in 1999 with 21 writers, NaNoWriMo now includes over 40,000 and is growing every year.  No Plot? No Problem! is the “uproariously funny motivational manifesto” (according to Library Journal) that grew out of this movement, and will inspire writers from the heralding you-can-do-it trumpet blasts of day one to the champagne toasts of day 30.  Recently revised, updated, and expanded.

Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published


"I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book...This little tome is the quiet secret of rock star authors," writes Timothy Ferris, author of the bestselling The 4-Hour Workweek.  Here's the best, most comprehensive book for writers, now updated completely to cover e-books, self-publishing, blogging, online marketing, and much, much more. Includes advice from top agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and beloved authors like Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Seth Godin, and many others.