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Founded in 2004 by Kate Chaplin, the Indy Writers’ Group is a supportive community of published and pre-published writers of all genres. IWG offers workshops, signings, and bi-monthly meetings for critique and support. IWG is a diverse group with strengths in various areas, such as self-publishing, e-publishing, small presses, freelance writing, technical writing, editing, etc. Within the network of in person events and online you’ll find a community of writers with various backgrounds and experiences that understand the pitfalls and success that plague writers today. Our group can be found Here on Yahoo Groups

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Recommended Books On Writing

The following books are publications various member of IWG have found to be helpful. This is by no means a complete collection. If you have found a particular book to be of help to you in your writing journey, please leave a comment and let us know.

Happy Writing!
The IWG Team


  • The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes (Recommended by Kate)
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Recommended by Kate, Earl and Tina)
  • Stephen King on Writing by Stephen King (Recommended by Tina)
  • Making A Literary Life by Caroline See (Recommended by Tina)
  • How to Read/Write a Dirty Story by Susie Bright (Recommended by Earl)
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (Recommended by Earl, Sarah and Tina)
  • Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg (Recommended by Tina)
  • Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron (Recommended by Earl)
  • Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood (Recommended by Earl)
  • Art Objects by Jeanette Winterson (Recommended by Earl)
  • The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick (Recommended by Earl)
  • Beginnings Middles and Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing) By Nancy Kress
  • The Poets Companion by Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux (Recommended by Sarah)
  • Walking on Alligators by Susan Shaughnessy (Recommended by Malka)
  • See Jane Write, A girls guide to writing Chick Lit by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs (Recommended by Terri)
  • Writing in a New Convertible with the top down by Sheila Bender (Recommended by Terri)


  • The Forest From the Trees by Betsy Lerner (Recommended by Kate and Tina)
  • How to Get Happily Published by Judith Appelbaum (Recommended by Kate)
  • How to Write and Sell Your First Novel by Oscar Collier (Recommended by Earl)
  • The Sell-Your-Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon (Recommended by Mark)
  • The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman (Recommended by Mark and Tina)
  • Writing Freelance by Christine Adamec
  • The Writers Digest Book of Making Money Freelance Writing (Recommended by Mark)


  • Writers Market (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood (Recommended by Kate)
  • Strunk and White (Recommended by Kate)
  • The Artist Way by Julia Cameron (Recommended by Earl)
  • Schotts Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Recommended by Kate)
  • From Aaron to Zoe by Daniel Avram Richman (Recommended by Kate)


  • 2008 Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market (Recommended by Kate)
  • You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey Dils (Recommended by Kate)


  • 500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader by Jennifer Lerch (Recommended by Kate)
  • Elements of Style for Screenwriters by Paul Argentini (Recommended by Kate)
  • AFI Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV by Dona Cooper (Recommended by Kate)
  • What they Don’t Teach you in Film School by Camille Landau & Tiare White (Recommended by Kate)
  • Rebels on the Backlot by Sharon Waxman (Recommended by Kate)


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