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UMass Amherst Libraries

Creative Writing


This is a guide intended for emerging writers of all genres. 

The "getting started" tab provides a list of books about writing. These books discuss writing style, productive habits, and the general experience of writing. 

The "storytelling" tab is where you'll find resources on building characters, plot, and other narrative elements. 

The "getting published" tab contains information on finding publications and submitting work.

Writing Style and Grammar

General Resources

Chicago Manual of Style The widely-used citation and style guide for scholarly writing. 

Oxford English Dictionary: This is the online version of the irreplaceable OED, for word definitions, usage, and etymologies.

PepTalks: These pep talks from famous authors are provided by the National Novel Writing Month organization. Though most authors discuss the challenge of writing novels, the general sentiment of determination could be useful for writers of any length and genre. For when you need to find that perfect word.

Literary Market Place: LMP  Reference PN161 .L77

International Literary Market Place (European edition)   Reference Z291.5 .I5

Useful Websites: Aids to finding half-remembered works of literature

How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author

Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase.

Amateur Poetry Anthologies: A Guide to Finding Your Published Poems

Guide History

Created by Emily Butler, Fall 2015