Writing Guides

The Book of Forms

A Handbook of Poetics
Fifth Edition
By Lewis Turco

Filled with both common and rarely heard of forms and prosodies, Turco’s engaging style and apt examples invite writers to try their hands at exploring forms in ways that challenge and enrich their work.

The Book of Literary Terms

The Genres of Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, and Scholarship
Second Edition
By Lewis Turco

Chapters covering fiction, drama, nonfiction, and literary criticism and scholarship offer readers a comprehensive guide to all forms of prose and their many sub-genres.

The Book of Dialogue

How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry
By Lewis Turco

The Book of Dialogue is an invaluable resource for writers and students of narrative seeking to master the art of effective dialogue.

The Writer's Portable Mentor

A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life
Second Edition
By Priscilla Long

Designed to mentor writers at all levels, from beginning to quite advanced, The Writer’s Portable Mentor offers a wealth of insight and crafting models from the author’s twenty-plus years of teaching and creative thought.

Beyond Words

Illness and the Limits of Expression
By Kathlyn Conway

Author Kathlyn Conway, a three-time cancer survivor, believes that the triumphalist approach to writing about illness fails to do justice to the shattering experience of disease. By wrestling with the challenge of writing about the reality of serious illness and injury, she argues, writers can offer a truer picture of the complex relationship between body and mind.

Writing About Nature

A Creative Guide
Revised Edition
By John A. Murray

Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook covers genres, techniques, and publication issues for aspiring writers, scholars, and students who want to share their experiences in nature and the outdoors.