The Art of Fiction, Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner - It’s on every writers list because it’s that good.




From Where You Dream, The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler - Dreamspace, yearning, the dynamics of desire, it’s all in here.



The Art and Craft of Feature Writing by William E. Blundell - Blundell culls his years writing for the Wall Street Journal into this step-by-step guide. Great models used throughout to show rather than tell.



Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott - Classic writing advice given with humor and grace. 





Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist by John McNally - University of Iowa press calls this “The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide.” McNally uses his own experience to help writers navigate the writing life.