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Writing Resources

Want to write fiction but need help improving your talent? The Waukegan Public Library has the how-to books you or your children need to learn more about writing.

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 Creative Writing Resources at the Waukegan Public Library


Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction by John Casey


Breathing Life into Your Characters by Rachel Ballon


The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron


How Not to Get Published by Claire Gillman


Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich


45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt


Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose


The Secret Miracle : The Novelist’s Handbook Edited by Daniel Alarcon


This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley


Write a Novel and Get It Published by Nigel Watts


Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randall Scott Ingermanson


Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maas


Write Your Book Now! by Gene Perret


If you need additional resources then check out our LINKin catalog. Items are ordered from our partner libraries and take about a week to arrive. You pick up your items and return them here at the Waukegan Public Library.


A Subject search for Fiction Authorship brings up 238 records for you.

A Subject search for Fiction Technique bring up 225 records for you.




Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market


The Everything Guide to Getting Published: Expert Advice for Building a Successful Writing Career by Randy Ladenheim-Gail 


Literary Market Place: LMP


Poet’s Market


Publish Your Book  by Patricia Fry


Writer’s Market published by Writer’s Digest



 Writing Resources for Children at WPL


Adventure Stories by Ruth Thompson


Be a Creative Writer  by Tish Farrell


Fiction by Dan Elish


40 Writing Prompts with Graphic Oranizers  by Stefan Czarnecki


How to Write a Fairy Tale by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth


How to Write a Fractured Fairy Tale by Nelson Yomtov


How to Write a Mystery by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth


How to Write a Play by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth


How to Write a Poem by Cecilia Minden


Just Write by Walter Dean Myers


Picture Yourself Writing Drama: Using Photos to Inspire Writing  by Barbara A. Tyler


Picture Yourself Writing Fiction: Using Photos to Inspire Writing  by Sheila Griffin Llanas


Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing  by Laura Purdie Salas


Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing  by Karen Benke


Write Fantasy Fiction in 5 Simple Steps by Laura Lee McKay


Write Horror Fiction in 5 Simple Steps by Michael Schuman


Write a Romance in 5 Simple Steps by Jeffrey Edwards Peters


Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine




 Interested in Screenwriting?


Intro to Screenwriting [electronic resource] by Sally J. Walker


Now Write! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Writers and Teachers  by Sherry Ellis with Laurie Lamson


Romantic Screenplays 101 [electronic resource] by Sally J. Walker


Screenplays by Dan Elish (children’s non-fiction)


The Screenwriter’s Handbook 2010  by Barry Turner


Screenwriting: A Practical Guide to Pursuing the Art  by Jason Skog  (children’s non-fiction)


Screenwriting Secrets in Genre Film by Sally J. Walker


A search for Motion Picture Authorship in the LINKin Catalog brings up 239 items for you. Items will take about a week to arrive at your library.