Master Class

“The great thing is to be always reading but not to get bored — treat it not like work, more as a vice! Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance.” — C. S. Lewis

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ll be entering an MFA program any time soon (much as I’d love to!). These inspiring articles, books, and periodicals by those who know and live the art and craft of writing are a valuable substitute, however. Enjoy and happy writing!

Making a Literary Life: Advice For Writers and Other Dreamers, by Carolyn See

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, by Lewis Hyde

“Time Lost and Found,” by Anne Lamott, Sunset Magazine

The Writer Magazine

Journey With Therese of Lisieux: Celebrating the Artist in Us All, by Michael O’Neill McGrath

Poets and Writers Magazine

How To Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them, by Sol Stein

bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott

“You Are the Custodians of Beauty” Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Artists

If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland

Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose of Flannery O’Connor, selected and edited by Sally and Rober Fitzgerald

Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly, by Gail Carson Levine

Letter to Artists“, Pope John Paul II on the Net

Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith

The Responsibility of the Artist, by Jacques Maritain

On Moral Fiction, by John Gardener

Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, by Ron Hansen

The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself, by Susan Bell

Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing, by Margaret Atwood

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want To Write Them, by Francine Prose


2 thoughts on “Master Class”

  1. Oh Angela, gold right here. Thanks for compiling this list, it’s fabulous! Jenny from Seraglio.


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