reading list

I’m not feeling right today, but wanted to post something I found on my computer earlier…

so here’s a WRITER’S READING LIST, as downloaded from the Lancaster University website regarding their MA in Creative Writing.

Have you read any? Would you recommend them or others?



The Practice & Craft of Writing


Becoming A Writer, Dorothea Brande  (Papermac)

The Art of Poetry Shira Wolosky (Oxford University Press)

The Shape of the Dance Michael Donaghy (Picador)

Rhyme’s Reason John Hollander (Yale)

Starting From Scratch, Rita Mae Brown   (Bantam)

Writing Down The Bones, Natalie Goldberg  (Shambhala)

The Art of Fiction, David Lodge  (Penguin)

The Art of Creating Fiction, Zulfikar Ghose  (Macmillan)

The Agony And The Ego: The Art & Strategy of Fiction Writing… ed Clare Boylan  (Penguin)

How Fiction Works, James Wood (Vintage)

The Triggering Town:  Lectures & Essays On Poetry & Writing, Richard Hugo  (Norton)

The Elements of Style, Strunk and White (Longman)

Story, Robert McKee  (Methuen)

The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler (Boxtree)



The Practice & Craft of Writing


The Poet’s Voice & Craft, ed. C B McCully  (Carcanet)

Techniques of Fiction Writing:  Measure & Madness,  Leon Surmelian

Writing Fiction, Janet Burroway  (Harp College)  (3 copies)

Impro:  Improvisation In The Theatre, K. Johnston  (Methuen)

Getting Into Poetry, Paul Hyland  (Bloodaxe)

Poetic Metre and Poetic Form, Paul Fussell

The Women Writers’ Handbook, eds. Robson, Georgeson, Beck  (Aurora Metro)

A Passion For Narrative:  A Guide For Writing…, Jack Hodgins  (McClelland & Stewart Inc.)

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver  (Harcourt Brace)

The New Book of Forms:  A Handbook… Lewis Turco  (University Press of New England)

How To Write A Damn Good Novel, James N Frey

Writing Poems, Peter Sansom  (Bloodaxe)

Writing in Action, Paul Mills (Routledge)

Teaching Creative Writing, eds. Moira Monteith & Robert Miles (Open University)

The Creative Writing Handbook – Techniques for…, eds John Singleton and Mary Luckhurst (MacMillan).

Writing a Novel…for Dummies, George Green and Lizzy Kremer (Wiley)

Writing for Self-Discovery: A Personal..,Myra Schneider/John Killick (Element Books).

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

The Red Notebook, Paul Auster

The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera

The Weekend Novelist, Robert J. Ray (Dell Publishing) 1994

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing, Gillie Bolton

Alternative Scriptwriting, Ken Dancyger

The Art of Poetry Writing, William Packard

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions of Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

The Writer as an Artist: A New Approach to Writing Alone and with Others, Pat Schneider

The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes

Creating Fiction, ed Julie Chechkoway

The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction.., by Patricia Kubis & Robert Howland

Biography As High Adventure: Life-Writers Speak on Their Art, Stephen B Oates

75 Creative Ways to Publish Students’ Writing, Cherlyn Sunflower

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing, Gillie Bolton

Language and Creative Illusion, Walter Nash

How to Write Non-Fiction Books, Gordon Wells

The Portable Creative Writing Workshop, Pat Boran

Solutions for Novelists:  Secrets of a Master Editor, Sol Stein

Student’s Guide to Writing, Peck and Coyle

Writer on Writing, Margaret Atwood

The Joy of Writing Sex, Elizabeth Benedict

Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood

A Multidisciplinary Study of Fiction Writing, Anthony Bloor

Writing Radio Drama, Keith Richards

Radio Script Writing, Sam Boardman-Jacobs

On Writing Well, William Zinsser

Screenwriting, Syd Field (Ebury)

A Creative Writing Handbook, ed Neale (ACB)



Writers On Writing


Negotiating With the Dead Margaret Atwood

Fires, Raymond Carver  (Picador)

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard  (Picador)

On Writing, George V Higgins  (Bloomsbury)

Delighting The Heart, ed Susan Sellers  (Women’s Press)

The Writer On Her Work, ed Janet Sternburg  (Virago)

One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty  (Faber)

Selected Essays & Notebooks, Albert Camus

Silences,Tillie Olsen  (Virago)

Diary 1964-1985, Ian Breakwell

A Writer’s Notebook, Somerset Maugham

On Becoming A Novelist, John Gardner  (Harper Collins)

Made From This Earth:  Selections From Her Writing..,  Susan Griffin (Women’s Press)

Letters of William Burroughs, ed Oliver Harris  (Picador)

The Journals, John Cheever  (Vintage)

From Pitch to Publication, Carol Blake  (Macmillan)

Letters Between a Father and Son, V S Naipaul  (Little, Brown)





Narration in the Fiction Film, David Bordwell

Directing – Film Technique and Aesthetic, Michael Rabiger

Writing Short Scripts, Phillips

Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perspections of Cinema Audiences, Melvyn Stokes and Richard Maltby

The Tools of Screenwriting, D Howard & Edward Mubley

Bambi vs Godzilla, David Mamet (Simon and Schuster)



Short Stories


The Granta Book of the American Short Story ed Ford (Granta)

The Best American Short Stories series, ed Robert Stone  (Houghton Mifflin)

Points Of View:  An Anthology Of Short Stories,  Moffett & McElheny (New American Library/Dutton)

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, ed Joyce Carol Oates


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