Be an Author

By Cecilia Cygnar

Do you have a passion for the written word? Do you want to write? Try these books and DVDs by and about authors and become one yourself.

  • On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft

    2000 by Stephen King

    One of the best books about writing from the prolific horror writer. Honest and direct, King speaks openly about his passion for the written word.

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  • Zen in the Art of Writing

    1996 by Ray Bradbury

    Another great author pens another great homage to writing. Bradbury's dry humor comes through when he talks about the pros and cons of being a scribe.

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  • The Writing Life

    1989 by Annie Dillard

    Often considered one of the bibles for writers, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard gives readers a spiritual take on her profession.

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  • Wonder Boys

    1995 by Michael Chabon

    Right before a major literary festival, writer Grady Tripp has two major life-changing upsets. A darkly comic look at the academic writer's world.

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  • The Age of Desire

    2012 by Jennie Fields

    Wonderfully vivid fictionalized tale of Edith Wharton, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence.

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  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    1986 by Natalie Goldberg

    Another must read for writers, Goldberg analyzes the more mystical Zen side of writing.

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  • The Paris Wife

    2011 by Paula McLain

    The fictionalized telling of the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer—a darker side to an author's world.

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  • Bird by Bird With Annie: A Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott

    2009 by Freida Lee Mock

    Lamott, known as much for her activism as her writing, uses this documentary to convey her thoughts about the writing profession and the state of the world.

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  • Misery

    1990 by Rob Reiner

    Novelist Paul Sheldon meets his "number one fan" and ends up at her mercy. Not the most realistic tale of a writer, but a whole lot of fun.

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  • Possession

    2002 by Neil LaBute

    A lyrical, romantic film about two present day scholars researching the romance of two Victorian poets. Beautifully tender, this movie oozes as much passion as its characters have for each other.

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  • Adaptation

    2002 by Spike Jonze

    This wonderfully quirky tale blends fictional characters and stories with real life. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (real) and his twin Donald (fictional) experience writer's block and find a unique way to get unblocked.

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