Helpful Books

Helpful Books and Essays about Writing

Mark Tredinnick, Writing Well: The Essential Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. (First published in 2006 by University of New South Wales Press, as The Little Red Writing Book.) Possibly the best writing book. 

John Trimble, Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975. Be sure to look for the first edition, a slim green-covered paperback. The 25-year anniversary edition, much plumped out, is less helpful. 

Priscilla Long, The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life. Wallingford Press, 2010.

Thomas S. Kane, The New Oxford Guide to Writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. For seriously engaged writers, and for lovers of sentences and paragraphs.

Roger Sale, On Writing. New York: Random House, 1970. For teachers, those who want or need to think about how to encourage interesting student writing. 

Christine Lindberg, Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. This is the second edition. 

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life.  New York: Harper Collins, 1990.

Diana M. Raab, Writers and their Notebooks. University of South Carolina Press, 2010.