Great Books on Writing

The BARN Writers' Studio has gathered together a collection of highly recommended books on writing from a variety of writers, book stores, industry publications and blogs. What would you add to the list? Write us at .

A Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Stephen Koch

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

A New Guide to Better Writing by Ph.D. Rudolf Franz Flesch and A.H. Lass

Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction by Margot Singer and Nicole Walker, editors

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Bullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell

Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss

Hooked by Les Edgerton

If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independent and Spirit by Brenda Ueland

On Being a Writer: Advice and Inspiration (from Extraordinary Writers), edited by Bill Strickland

On Moral Fiction by John Gardner

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Self Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner

The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters, translated by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

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

The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel by James Thayer

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing by David Morrell

The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez

The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life by Priscilla Long

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Voice: The Secret Power of Great Writing by James Scott Bell

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle

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

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School by Gotham Writers’ Workshop

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

Writing Well by William Zinsser

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury