Books on Writing

The 90-Day Novel, A day to day guide for outlining and writing the first draft of your novel, by Alan Watt

Plot & Structure: Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish, by James Scott Bell 

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between, by Lee Gutkind

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative, by Vivian Gornick

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed 

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls 

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

The Pilgrimage: by Paulo Coelho


Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth’s Children Series, by Jean Auel

House of the Spirits, by Isabell Allende

Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett 

Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

Drowning Ruth, Christina Schwarz

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell


The Creative Penn Podcast – Writing Fiction: Tips On Plot With Roz Morris

Longform – Longform Podcast #144: Cheryl Strayed

On the Media

The Bookmonger

The Brookings Cafeteria

Dear Sugar Radio

The Moth

On Being

This American Life

ScriptnotesDiary of a First-Time Director

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert


99U: Brene Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

Ithaca College Distinguished Speaker, Geena Davis: “Gender Equality in The Modern Media”

Finding Joe, a documentary about Joseph Campbell