Books & Websites for Writers

By Anita Nolan,
Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Write a Novel in a Year Workshop

Books on Writing

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne and Dave King

Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr and E.B. White

Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook,
Donald Maass

Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner

Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, Tami D, Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders

Character and Viewpoint, Orson Scott Card

Stein on Writing, Sol Stein

Goal Motivation and Conflict, Debra Dixon (available only through Gryphon Books)

On Writing, Stephen King

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, Nancy Kress

Creating Characters, Dwight Swain

Writer’s Market Books (Writer’s Market, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market, Poet’s Market, etc.)  Also available online for a fee.

Second Sight, Cheryl B. Klein (children’s editor, book focuses on YA)


Online writers’ forum

Speculative fiction zine specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories of up to 5000 words 

Children’s Magazines

Directory of children’s publishers:

Publisher’s Marketplace http:/// (fee)

WOW! Women on Writing

The Market List, for all fiction genres

Anita Nolan Revisions article

Synopsis writing

Book Proposals

List of Magazines:

Parenting Publications of America:

The Poetry Market: 

Source listing publications for fiction & poetry:

Horror/SciFi site, but excellent list of writing sources:

List of Children’s Authors

Lists of types of books from libraries

James Patterson’s website for children’s reading

Winning Writers – Mostly Poetry – Lots of contest info

Comparison of POD Publishers


Greater Lehigh Writers Group (has an annual conference)

Philadelphia Writers (has annual conference)

Mystery Writers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers  (must be published)

Penn Writers  (has annual conference)

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (2 national conferences/year, many regional)

Romance Writers of America   (one national, many regional conferences)

Directory of Writers Associations:

Check out my other posts on the PSB Writing Center blog under Resources:
Building a Synopsis Step-by-Step, Submission Dictionary,
and Formatting Your Manuscript.