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Looking for writing resources that you know are going to help?

We've picked out our favourites for you here.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to read more about writing there are approximately fifty million books you could pick from.

 
Best writing books and resources for authors

Okay, we're exaggerating. But seriously, there are probably more books than anyone could ever read out there.

And how are you supposed to sort through them when you've only got limited time, right?

We've done some of the work for you in whittling it down and picking out our absolute favourites.

Not only are they easy to read and get through, they're also immensely practical.

Take even a little of what they say on board, and your writing will improve almost immediately.

 
Writer, editor, freelance writer, writing coach

 

Cecily's top three books about writing

 
 

Yes, it says its about screen-writing, but really it's about story structure. It's funny, it's clear and it'll help you plan out your memoir or your novel, and get a clearer idea on exactly what you're writing. 

 

Lisa Cron might have called her book 'Story Genius' but really, she's the genius in laying out so clearly exactly what the emotional hook of your writing needs to be, and exactly how to do it.

 

'Show, Don't Tell' is a bit of a mantra of writing teachers. But what does it mean? Janice Hardy leads you through it, and even gives lists of 'danger' words to watch out for.

 
Writer, editor, writing coach

 

Selena's top three books about writing

 
 

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. And with a million copies sold, Zinsser must be doing something right!

 

There could not be a better guide to putting one word in front of the other and keeping on with writing than this collection of essays.

 

Beginners especially will find helpful tools and exercises to kick-start the writing process. But there is much fodder here for the experienced writer too.

Great memoirs we love

If you're writing a memoir, it can be helpful to read other people's memoirs. Note what you like, and what you don't like, and see if you can figure out why it works or doesn't work. Here are some of our favorites.

 

It's old, but still outstanding in its unique voice, rich scenes and exceptional dialogue.

The author cleverly weaves a broader history of the women of Pakistan through her own personal story.

The details of Rosie's story are well known, but despite that, the memoir is structured beautifully, building tension right up to the final horrifying climax.

Damien Brown takes the somewhat common experience of an international aid sojourn and crafts a moving and visually rich memoir with colourful characters. 

 

This Australian classic set the standard for the witty and warm Aussie coming-of-age memoir.

An intimate, and at times heavy, African family story is told powerfully here. Its images - literary and photographic - stay with the reader.

Going beyond the IVF memoir, this is the story of how Mary (or anyone) can deal with death.

Caroline Baum's literary leanings show in this textured memoir of what it means to survive one's family as an only child.

Memoirs we've used as examples

Curious to read the memoirs we used as examples in our Write Your Memoir course?
Check them out here.