Writing books from my Facebook Writing Friends

I presented a seminar at Urbana18 this year, on The Beautiful Intersection of Faith and Writing (writers can’t have normal titles for their writing workshops). In preparation I asked for suggested writing books from my Facebook writing buddies. I asked. They answered.

I have another opportunity to speak to young writers about writing and faith, and the life of a writer, tonight at the University of Ottawa. I thought I would post the list of suggested writing podcasts and books here, so the friends I will make tonight can find it, and you might enjoy it too.

Writing podcasts you might love
Pastor Writer: The calling and craft of Christian writing
Home Row: a podcast with writers on writing
Longform Podcast
Write Now with Sarah Werner
Quick to Listen (Christianity Today, not writing so much but a glimpse behind the scenes of the stories covered in the mag)
Grammar Girl: quick and dirty tips for better writing

Writing books (sourced from my Facebook writer friends)

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
On Writing by Stephen King
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Writing Under Pressure by Sandford Kaye
Reading for the Common Good by Chris Smith
Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Writing for Story: Secrets of Writing Dramatic Nonfiction by a two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner by Jon Franklin
Draft #4 by John McPhee
Write Away: One Novelist’s approach to fiction and the writing life by Elizabeth George
On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
The War of art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles by Steven Pressfield
Writing in General and the short story in particular by Rust Hills
The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass
The Power of Words and the Wonder of God edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor
The Christian Imagination edited by Leland Ryken.
On Reading Well: Finding the good life through great books by Karen Swallow Prior
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Still Writing: the perils and pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The complete guide to writing creative nonfiction from memoir to literary journalism and everything in between by Lee Gutkind


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