To borrow a book, notify me at and I will deliver the book at our next meeting (for members of the senior center writing group, I can bring books there also). Currently, Guild meetings are virtual, but if you need it quickly, I can arrange to have you pick it up at my house.

To borrow a book, you must be a paid-up member of the Elk Grove Writers Guild. Borrowing periods are two months but will be extended if no one else is asking for that book. Here’s the current list of Guild books:

101 Best Scenes Ever WrittenConrad, BarnabyDelight in the best scenes ever written2007
Art and Craft of Storytelling, TheLamb, NancyWhether you’re writing a novel, a memoir, or a screenplay, this book offers time-tested ways to translate a concrete idea into a polished boo.2008
Art of Dramatic WritingEgri, LajosIts basis in the creative interpretation of human motives.1960
Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover LettersWood, JohnRead this book and immediately begin to write energetic, masterly, persuasive letters.1996
Building Better PlotsKernen, RobertFill-in charts, quick quizzes, timelines, and a complete plot tutorial on constructing a strong narrative arc.1999
Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s CraftLandon, BrooksExcellent course in 24 half-hour lectures running through all the ways sentences get longer – and shorter. Includes DVD’s and guidebook2008
Characters & ViewpointCard, Orson ScottHow to invent, construct, and animate vivid, credible characters and choose the best eyes trough which to view the events of your short story or novel.1988
Clockwork Muse, TheZerubavel, EviatorA practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books1999
Compact HandbookAaron, Jane E.Concisely answers questions about the writing process, paragraphs, clarity and style, grammar, research writing, and more1995
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creative WritingRozakis, Laurie E., Ph.D.Step-by-step guidelines, valuable tips, and down-to-earth advice.1997
Concise Guide to WritingAxelrod, Rise B. and Cooper, Charles R.Six guided writing assignments along with readings and strategies for writing and research in a brief, flexible, easy-to-use format.2002
Creating PoetryDrury, JohnHow to begin a poem, use word combinations and new forms, apply the lessons from master poets to individual poems, choose and use images and words carefully.1991
Elements of Screenwriting, TheBlacker, Irwin R.A non-nonsense course in screenwriting basics: plot, character, conflict, crisis, climax, exposition, and dialogue. Includes concrete examples from well-known films.1986
Elements of StyleStrunk, William Jr. and White, E. B.Classic description of many of the pitfalls writers can fall into.1979
English Grammar Boot CampCurzan, AnneCourse guidebook for the same-named Great Courses lecture series.0
Getting Hooked – Fiction’s Opening Sentences 1950s-1990sRendall-Smock, Sharon ed.50 years of winning opening sentences divided by decade and genre.1996
Handbook of Good English, TheJohnson, Edward E.A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to modern grammar, puntuation, usage, and style.1982
Harbrace HandbookGlenn, Miller, Webb, and GrayGeneral handbook of grammar and writing.2004
Harper’s English GrammarOpdycke, G=Jog=hn B., Ph.D.Be a winner in the laguage game when you know the rules.1965
Heroines of Popular CultureBrowne, Pat [ed.]Covers a wide range of heroic women from those in nineteenth century literature to those in rock music.1987
How to Blog a BookAmir, NinaWrite, publish, and promote your work one post at a time.2012
How to Prepare Your Manuscript for a PublisherCarroll, David L.Everything you need to know to prepare your manuscript for a publisher.1995
How to Write Killer FictionWheat, CarolynHow to achieve your writing and publishing goals2003
How to Write Science Fiction and FantasyCard, Orson ScottScience fiction great Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) shares his expertise.1990
Ideas and Patterns for WritingSpotts, Carle B.Collection of readings designed to stimulate ideas to bring freshness to writing.1967
Legends of LiteratureSexton, Phillip [ed.]The best articles, interviews, and essays from the archives of Writer’s Digest magazine.2007
LERA Writer’s Guide, ThevariousThe ultimate guide to writing and your career as a writer1994
Little Red Writing Book, TheRoyal, BrandonA concise guide to penning strong and effective work for all occasions.2004
Making of a Poem, TheStrand and BolandChapters offering explanation, close reading, and a rich selection of examples that demonstrate the power and possibilities of each form.2000
Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published, TheMarshall, Evan90 strategies and techniques for selling your fiction.2003
Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, TheMarshall, EvanA 16-step program quaranteed to take you from idea to completed manuscript.1998
Marshall Plan Workbook, The – Writing Your Novel From Start to FinishMarshall, EvanCompanion to The Marshal Plan for Novel Writing2001
Mastering Suspense Structure & PlotCleland, Jane K.How to write gripping stories that keep readers on the edge of their seats0
Murder One – A Writer’s Guide to HomicideCorvasce and PaglinoThe nuts and bolts necessary to build your fictional murder scenario.1997
Narrative TechniqueUzzell, Thomas H.A practical course in literary psychology.1935
On Writing WellZinsser, WilliamAn informal guide to writing nonfiction.1990
Penguin Handbook, TheFaigley, LesterImprove writing, solve grammar problems, and successfully complete research projects2006
Pep Talks for WritersFaulkner, GrantKick start your creativity, tap into your mojo, and help take that next step with your writing.2017
Perfecting Plot – Charting the Hero’s JourneyBernhardt, WilliamReveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to your story.2013
Practical Stylist, TheBaker, SheridanA text for writing essays stressing style and persuasive writing.1990
Prose Style – A Contempory GuideMiles, Bertonasco, and KarnsBasic principles of expository and argumentative style.1977
Reading Like a WriterProse, FrancineA guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them.2006
Romance Writers of America Workshop HandoutsvariousHandout materials from writing conference2005
Save the Cat! Writes a NovelBrody, JessicaWill help you dissect any plot conumdrum, conceive your story’s blueprint, and give a beat to every pivot of your hero’s journey0
Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word UsageLakin, C. S.Whether you’re a novice or experienced writer, you’ll benefit from these clear and helpful explanation of grammar and usage based on The Chicago Manual of Style0
Secrets of Great Mystern and Suspense FictionSchmid, DavidEighteen hour course in 36 half-hour lectures exploring the subject from various angles. Includes DVDs and guidebook2016
Stein on WritingStein, SolA master editor of some of the most successful writers of our century shares his craft techniques and strategies0
Story Trumps StructureJames, StevenHow to write unforgettable fiction by breaking the rules.2014
Structuring your NovelWeiland, K. M.Essential keys for writing an outstanding story0
StyleWilliams, Joseph M,Ten lessons in clarity and grace.1885
Stylized – A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White’s The Elements of StyleGarvey, MarkA helpful guide to creating better prose and a compelling reminder of the virtues of clarity, simplicity, and truth in writing.2009
Successful Script WritingWolff, Jurgen and Cox, KerryHow to write and pitch winning scripts for movies, sitcoms, soaps, serials, and variety shows.1988
Successful Synopsis, ThevariousA collection of real synopses that sold, turned in by authors from the Central Florida Romance Writers2005
Technique of the Novel, TheUzzell, Thomas H.An analysis of one hundred important novels.1959
TV Scriptwriter’s Handbook, TheBrenner, AlfredEverything you want and need to know about writing for television.1980
Vein of Gold, A – A Journey to Your Creative HeartCameron, JuliaAuthor uses her extensive artistic and teaching experience to steer readers toward ever-widening creative horizons through doing features inspiring teachings on the creative process and more than one hundred imaginative, involving, and energizing tasks.1996
Walking in this WorldCameron, JuliaPart Two (part one was The Artist’s Way) in a course on discovering and recovering the creative self.2002
Ways of Reading – An Anthology for WritersBartholomae, David & Petrosky, Anthonyexpects students to use their minds, challenging, provoking, and stimulating critical inquiry.2005
Weinberg on Writing – The Fieldstone MethodWeinberg, Gerald M.Secrets of gathering, organizing, and discarding writing ideas from an author of more than 40 nonfiction books.2006
Well-Tempered Sentence, TheGordon, Karen ElizabethHandbook on punctuation1983
What If? – Writing Exercises for Fiction WritersBernays, Anne & Painter, PamelaOrganized by the elements of fiction and comprised primarily of writing exercises, What If? helps students hone and refine their craft with a practical, hands-on approach to writing fiction.2004
World-buildingGillett, Stephen L.A writers guide to constructing star systems and life-supporting planets.1996
Write Your Novel From the MiddleBell, James ScottA new approach for plotters, pantsers, and everyone in between0
Writers IncSabranek, Mwyer, and KemperA guide to writing, thinking, and learning.1990
Writer’s Options – Lessons in Style and ArrangementMorenberg, Max & Sommers, JeffHelps students of all abilities recognize their many options in controlling sentence structures, making informed and creative decisions about the best sentence, paragraph, and essay strategies to use in their writing.2003
Writer’s Reference, AHacker, DianaAn easy to use grammar reference handbook.1999
Writing Fantasy HeroesWaltx, Jason M. [ed.]Powerful advice from professionals.2013
Writing Fiction – A Guide to Narrative CraftBurroway, JanetThis comprehensive, informal, practical guide and anthology approaches the elements of fiction from the writer’s point of view2000
Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and TechniquesHynes, JamesThe course book for the same-named Great Courses lecture series0
Writing in Context Paragraphs and EssaysKirszner, Laurie G. and Mandell, Stephen R.An innovative paragraph-to-essay worktext that places primary emphasis on the student’s own writing.2003
Writing Television & Motion Picture Scripts That SellGoodman, EvelynHow to create a teleplay or screenplay that will capture viewer interest at once and sustain it to the final fadeout.1982
Writing the Breakout Novel WorkbookMaass, DonaldHands-on help for making your novel stand out and succeed2004
Writing the Fiction Synopsis – A Step by Step ApproachMcCutcheon, PamA workshop in book form on writing a synopsis of your book.1998