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The Best Books on Writing

flashlightworthy.pngThis goes out to all the writers in the audience. What books helped you learn how to write?

Counting on our readers’ collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. Today’s list is aimed at helping aspiring authors: Ten Great Books on Writing. Add your favorites in the comments.

Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created more than 370 lists–giving reading advice on everything from book club books to cancer survivor books. Working with this carefully curated publication, we will share our favorite lists with GalleyCat readers. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

The complete list (created by Heather Summerhayes Cariou) follows after the jump. Here’s an excerpt: “I spent almost 20 years studying writing through the International Women’s Writing Guild and many workshops … These are some of the best books that helped me learn my craft.”


The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland

One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft by Susan M. Tiberghien

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes

Writing from the Body: For Writers, Artists and Dreamers Who Long to Free Their Voice by John Lee and Ceci Miller-Kritsberg

Silences by Tillie Olsen

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French

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