Reading for Intermediate Writers

This page lists the books I recommend for Intermediate Writers. To purchase any of these books from, just click on either the title or the cover. Additional sources for obtaining out of print books are listed on the Links at right

These books have been helpful to my students–and myself–as we study our craft and art. I hope they’ll be useful to you as well.

Reading for Intermediate Writers
Stephen King.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner, 2000.

Madison Smartt Bell.

Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form. W.W. Norton & Co., 2000.

Ray Bradbury.

Zen in the Art of Writing. Bantam Books, 1992.

John Braine.

Writing a Novel. McGraw-Hill, 1975. (Out of print)

Annie Dillard.

Living by Fiction. HarperCollins (paper), 1988.

Scott Edelstein.

The Indispensable Writer’s Guide: How to Successfully Build Your Writing Career for Maximum Financial Reward and Satisfaction
(Out of print).

Peter Elbow.

Writing Without Teachers. Oxford Univ Pr. (Trade), 1998.

Robie MacAuley, George Lanning (Contributor).

Technique in Fiction. St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Robert C. Meredith, John D. Fitzgerald.

Structuring Your Novel: From Basic Idea to Finished Manuscript. Harperperennial Library, 1993.

V. S. Naipaul.

Finding the Center: Two Narratives. (Out of print)

Joyce Carol Oates.

Woman Writer: Occasions and Opportunities. (Out of print)

Frank O’Connor.

The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story. (Out of print)

Sean O’Faolain.

The Short Story.

Charles Ruas.

Conversations With American Writers. (Out of print)

William Sloane.

Craft of Writing. W.W. Norton & Company, 1983.

John Steinbeck.

Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Penguin USA (Paper), 1990.

Eudora Welty.

One Writer’s Beginnings. Belknap Press, 1995.

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