Resources

I will update this page periodically, so check back for more resources. Below, I’ve assembled general writing resources, myths and fairy tales, and 21st century novels recommended by my community of readers. Next update: environmental writing.

Books on Writing

  • Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  • Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, Dinty W. Moore
  • Making Shapely Fiction, Jerome Stern
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • On Writing Well, William Zinsser
  • Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
  • Spunk & Bite, Arthur Plotnik
  • Tell It Slant, Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola
  • To Show and To Tell, Phillip Lopate
  • The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
  • The Mindful Writer, Dinty W. Moore
  • The Pocket Muse, Monica Wood
  • The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick
  • The Truth of the Matter, Dinty W. Moore
  • The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
  • The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  • Vivid and Continuous, John McNally
  • Walking on Water, Derrick Jensen
  • Wired for Story, Lisa Cron
  • World Enough and Time, Christian McEwan
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Writing for Story, Jon Franklin
  • Writing From Life, Meg Files
  • Writing What You Know, Meg Files
  • Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury

Online Resources for Writers

Myth, Fairy Tale, & Folklore Resources Online

Scholarly Books on Myth, Fairy Tales, & Folklore

  • Aurelia, Carol Mavor
  • Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales, Vanessa Joosen
  • Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, Jack Zipes
  • From the Beast to the Blonde, Marina Warner
  • Once Upon a Time, Marina Warner
  • Stories About Stories, Brian Attebury
  • The Fairy Tale as Art Form and Portrait of Man, Max Luthi
  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Maria Tatar
  • The Interpretation of Fairy Tales, Marie-Louise Von Franz
  • The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre, Jack Zipes
  • Troublesome Things: A History of Fairies and Fairy Stories, Diane Purkiss

Contemporary Retellings and Fairy Tale Fiction

  • Among Others, Jo Walton
  • Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
  • Deathless, Catherine M. Valente
  • Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins, Emma Donoghue
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, Kate Bernheimer
  • Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link
  • Snow White, Red Blood, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce
  • Spindle’s End, Robin McKinley
  • The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
  • The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik

Recommended 21st Century Novels

  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Power, Noami Alderman
  • Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
  • City of Thieves, David Beinoff
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Milkman, Anna Burns
  • Brother, David Chariandy
  • Little Bee, Chris Cleave
  • The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Thin Place, Kathryn Davis
  • The Enchanted, Rene Denfield
  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • Mink River, Brian Doyle
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Pet, Akwaeke Emezi
  • The Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich
  • Under the Skin, Michael Faber
  • My Brilliant Friend (series), Elena Ferrante
  • White Oleander, Janet Fitch
  • Thursday Next (series), Jasper Fforde
  • This How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
  • The Meadow, James Galvin
  • Still Alice, Lisa Genova
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  • Carry the Sky, Kate Gray
  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
  • A Thousand Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  • Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
  • An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  • Broken for You, Stephanie Kallos
  • Human Acts, Han Kang
  • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Euphoria, Lily King
  • The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  • The Last Illusion, Porochista Khapour
  • The Historian, Elizabeh Kostova
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  • That Time I Loved You, Carrianne Leung
  • Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli
  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • Birds of America, Lorrie Moore
  • How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran
  • Kafka at the Shore, Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  • Tampa, Alissa Nutting
  • There There, Tommy Orange
  • A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
  • Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  • Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter
  • The Crying Tree, Naseem Rahka
  • Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Gilead, Marilyn Robinson
  • Housekeeping, Marilyn Robinson
  • Lila, Marilyn Robinson
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon
  • The Fly-Truffler, Gustaf Sobin
  • Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  • The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall
  • On Earth We are Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong
  • Sing Unburied Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  • A Century of November, W.D. Wetherell
  • Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell
  • A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Book of Joan, Lidia Yuknavitch
  • The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch