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Book List

This is the selection of books that contain writing exercises that fulfill the requirement for the Wayfarer Certification. If you have another book you’d like to use to fulfill the requirement, please bring it with you to one of our meetings for moderator approval.

  • Writing the Other, by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward. Aqueduct Press, 2007. Publisher. Goodreads. Available to borrow from our moderators on request.
  • Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussion on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, by Ursula K. Le Guin. The Eighth Mountain Press, 1998. Goodreads. SPL.
  • The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, by Alice LaPlante. W. W. Norton Co, 2007. Goodreads. SPL.

Other Helpful Books

  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. Pocket Books 2002. Publisher. Goodreads. SPL.
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott. Anchor 1994. Goodreads. SPL.
  • How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide, by Howard Mittelmark. William Morrow Paperbacks, 2008. Goodreads. SPL (ebook).
  • Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish, by James Scott Bell. Writer’s Digest Books, 2004. Goodreads. SPL.
  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. JADD Publishing, 2012. Goodreads. SPL.
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays. Harper Perennial, 1991. Goodreads. SPL.

Ready to send your work to publishers? Check out these helpful links:

  • The Shunn Guide to formatting a short story. Many genre publications prefer this method of formatting, and those that don’t specify it will still accept stories formatted this way. Use it to minimize stress.
  • The Submission Grinder. Diabolical Plots keeps up-to-date, searchable lists of what pro and semi-pro markets are open for submissions. Search by pay rate, SFWA qualification, story length, and more.
  • How to Write a Proper Short Story Cover Letter by Alex Shvartsman. There are many guides to writing short story cover letters, but this one is comprehensive and explains some of the counter-intuitiveness of the format.
  • Codex Writers Forum. Once you get your first professional sale, networking online can be the key to finding more opportunities for submissions, including anthologies that are invite-only. It’s a little hard to get in, but some people swear by it (or waste hours messing around on the forums, depends who you ask!).