Books on writing

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Some good books on writing. Suggestions of your own? Click here or add titles in comments below.

Seventh grade and above

"The Elements of Style"(fourth edition) by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott

"The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile" by Noah Lukeman

"Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind" by Natalie Goldberg

"How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling" by James N. Frey

"On Writing Well" by William Zinsser

"Because Writing Matters" by Carl Nagin & The National Writing Project (Jossey-Bass)

"Active Voice: A program of Writing Across the Curriculum" by James Moffett (Heinemann)

"The Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You" by Ralph Fletcher

"What’s Your Story? A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction" by Marion Dane Bauer

"On Writing" by Stephen King

"The Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron

For younger writers:

"Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing" by Josephine Nobisso

"Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street" by Roni Schotter

"Punctuation Takes a Vacation" by Robin Pulver

"The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown

"What Do Authors Do?" by Eileen Christelow

"If You Were a Writer" by Joan Lowery Nixon

"Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books" by Loren Leedy

"You Have to Write" by Janet Wong

"It Came From Beneath the Bed!" by James Howe

Books to help students report on the real world:
These books are all by James Moffett and others who worked with him, and are published by Heinemann or Boynton/Cook/Heinemann:

"Active Voice: A Writing Program Across the Curriculum,” see Reporter-at-Large.
"Active Voices I: A Writer’s Reader for Grades 4-6,” see Roving Reporter and Feature Article.
"Active Voices II: A Writer’s Reader for Grades 7-9,” see Visit.
"Active Voices III: A Writer’s Reader for Grades 10-12,” see Visit Plus Interview.
"Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12,” see Eyewitness Visit and Visit Plus Interview.

Another Great Book

Another phenomenal how-to writing book is Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine, the same author who wrote Dave at Night and Ella Enchanted. It is my Writing Bible.

This isn't exactly

This isn't exactly specifically a writing book, but Essential Literary Terms by Sharon Hamilton is really good. It has a lot on different figures of speech, and is full of definitions for different writing terms, etc. I used it for writing essays, but I'm sure it could apply to stories/ poems/ plays, too. :) 

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Isn't there a Ray Bradbury

Isn't there a Ray Bradbury book on witing? 

I haven't seen one, but I thought I heard about one somewhere... There should be one if there isn't, but ray Bradbury has sadly passed on


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