The Best Books for Writers

By California Reads

By California Reads

The Best Books for Writers

No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

Ursula K. Le Guin


Too Loud a Solitude

Bohumil Hrabal


Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Patricia Highsmith


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert


Writing in Restaurants

David Mamet


Marguerite Duras: Writing

Marguerite Duras



Patti Smith


Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction

Benjamin Percy


To Write as If Already Dead

Kate Zambreno


Writing Fiction, Tenth Edition: A Guide to Narrative Craft

Ned Stuckey-French and Janet Burroway


13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

Jane Smiley


The Business of Being a Writer

Jane Friedman


Writers & Lovers

Lily King


The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

Deborah Levy


The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

John Le Carré