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Helpful Resources for Creative Writing Students

Summary:

This handout discusses the writing obstacles most frequently faced by beginning poets and fiction writers and will offer tactics for addressing these issues during a tutorial.

Books:

-Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. Longman, 2006.

-Cameron, Julia. The Right to Write. Tarcher, 1998.

-Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Shambhala, 2006.

-Hugo, Richard. The Triggering Town. W.W. Norton, 1992.

-Lamotte, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor, 1995.

-Laux, Dorianne and Addonizio, Kim. The Poet’s Companion. W.W. Norton, 1997.

-Stern, Jerome. Making Shapely Fiction. W.W. Norton, 2000.

Web Sites:

  • The Academy of American Poets
    http://www.poets.org.
    Search for poets and poems.
  • Poets and Writers magazine online
    http://www.pw.org/
    Read articles on the writing life and interviews with authors. Ask questions of other writers in the Speakeasy Forum.
  • Associated Writing Programs
    http://www.awpwriter.org/
    Helpful for students looking for an MFA program.

Other Resources:

  • Best American Poetry and Best American Fiction anthologies, published every year and available at most bookstores.
  • -Literary Journals. Tell students to check the periodicals at their school’s library, a local bookstore, or even online. (Note: Barnes & Noble and Borders don’t typically carry these small press publications.)
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