List of Reference Materials


Mystery Writers of America, How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America, Child, Lee, King, Laurie A. (eds)

Storr, Will, The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human and How to Tell Them Better.


Baxter, Charles, The Art of Subtext

Brody, Jessica, Save the Cat Writes a Novel!

Burroway, Jane, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (10th Edition), Janet Burroway.

Corbett, David, The Art of Character—Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

Corbett, David, The Compass of Character—Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

King, Stephen, On Writing

Kress, Nancy, Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Lerner, Betsy, The Forest for the Trees

Lukeman, Noah, The First Five Pages

Maass, Donald, Writing the Breakout Novel—Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level

Maass, Donald, The Emotional Craft of Fiction—How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

Novakovich, Jopip, Writing Fiction Step by Step

Percy, Benjamin, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction

Sloan, William, The Craft of Writing

Strunk and White, Elements of Style

Yorke, John, Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story

Writers Digest Elements of Fiction Writing series


O’Connor, Patricia T., Woe Is I 

Lukeman, Noah, A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation

Strauss, Jane, Blue Book of Grammar

Forensics, Law, and Sex

Benedict, Elizabeth, The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers

Dornbush, Jennifer, Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas

Lyle, D.P., Forensics and Fiction


Goldberg, Natalie, Writing Down the Bones

Lamott, Annie, Bird by Bird

Historical References on Craft

Chandler, Raymond, The Simple Art of Murder

Highsmith, Patricia, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction