Name of Collection: Writing Creative and Practical

School Name: John Bowne High School

Address: 6325 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11367

Phone: 718-263-1919 ex 2492


Librarian: G. Calandro, N. Ghosh, A. Laverde

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Creative Writing
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Creative Writing

Dewey Decimal Classification(s): 421, 422, 428, 423, 808, 811, 812, 813

Key Books


Great world writers. New York : Marshall Cavendish, c2004.Vol. 1. Abe-Bre -- v. 2. Cal-Des -- v. 3. Din-Car -- v. 4. Gol-Hea -- v. 5. Hes-Kaz -- v. 6. Ken-Mal -- v. 7. Man-Nab -- v. 8. Nai-Owe -- v. 9. Oz-Ril -- v. 10. Roy-Soy -- v. 11. Spa-Wal -- v. 12. Wau-Yeh -- v. 13. Index. Contains profiles of ninety-three world authors, most of whose works were written between 1920 and 1970 and are readily available in English, each with a discussion of the individual's significance, a look at his or her life and works, a reader's guide to major works, photographs, and sources for further study.

Benét's reader's encyclopedia. 3rd ed. New York : Harper & Row, c1987.Contains over 9,000 entries covering every literary illusion imaginable. Includes biographies of writers and historical figures, plot summaries, sketches of principal characters, literary schools, movements, terms, awards, etc.

Grosse, Lloyd T. 1500 literary references everyone should know. New York : Arco Pub., c1983.Describes over 1,500 literary alluisons--what they meant in the original context, and how they might be applied today.

Cyclopedia of literary characters. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Salem Press, c1963.v. 1. A-Mes -- v. 2. Mic-Z.

Scott, A. F. (Arthur Finley). Current literary terms : a concise dictionary of their origin and use,. London, : Macmillan;, 1965.

Shipley, Joseph Twadell, 1893- ed. Dictionary of world literature : criticism, forms, technique,. New rev. ed. New York, : Philosophical Library

REF 809.3 SHO
Short stories for students. : presenting analysis, context, and criticism on commonly studied short stories. Detroit, MI : Gale Group, c2001.Profiles sixteen short stories--and their authors--often studied in high schools and colleges, presenting biographical and bibliographical information and several selections of significant criticism on each work included. Authors include Zora Neale Hurston, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Walker, and Ernest Hemingway.

REF 822.3 BOY
Boyce, Charles. Shakespeare A to Z : the essential reference to his plays, his poems, his life and times, and more. New York : Delta, c1990.Nearly 3,000 entries and over fifty illustrations provide information on all facets of Shakespeare's life and works.

REF 822.32 BRO
Browning, D.C. Everyman's dictionary of Shakespeare quotations. NY : E.P. Dutton & Co., 1961.


305.235 FRE
Freedom Writers. The Freedom Writers diary : how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c1999.Tells the story of how young English teacher Erin Gruwell confronted the problem of racial and ethnic intolerance in her classroom, and features excerpts from the diaries of her students, now known as The Freedom Writers.

365.973 SAL
Salzman, Mark. True notebooks. 1st ed. New York : Knopf :, 2003.Mark Salzman chronicles his first years teaching at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders, discussing what his students taught him about life.

372.6 LUN
Luna, luna : creative writing ideas from Spanish, Latin American, and Latino literature. New York : Teachers & Writers Collaborative, c1996.Contains twenty-one essays that describe ways Spanish and Latino literature has been used in the classroom, discussing the works of Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Sandra Cisneros, and others.

372.64 ROD
Rodari, Gianni. The grammar of fantasy : an introduction to the art of inventing stories. New York : Teachers & Writers Collaborative, c1996.Italian author Gianni Rodari shares techniques for creating stories and explains how they can be used to write fairy tales, children's literature, and educational materials.

378.1 MAS
Mason, Michael (Michael James). How to write a winning college application essay. Rev. 4th ed. Roseville, CA : Prima Pub., c2000.Explains how to write an original and creative college application essay, sharing what admissions officers are looking for, sample essays, do's and don'ts, and special advice for the SAT II writing test, scholarship applications, and graduate school applications.

803 QUI
Quinn, Edward, 1932-. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms. New York, NY : Facts On File, c1999.Contains definitions and examples of over eight hundred literary terms, covering traditional, theoretical, historical, and cultural vocabulary; and features essays on some of the major themes in literature, including adultery, death, love, religious faith, and others.

808 EDW
Edwards, Charlotte, 1907-. Writing from the inside out. 1st ed. Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c1984.

808 RAB
Rabiner, Susan. Thinking like your editor : how to write great serious nonfiction--and get it published. 1st ed. New York : Norton, c2002.Takes writers step by step through the process of writing and publishing quality serious nonfiction, discussing such aspects as the submission package, agents, argument and research, narrative tension, book sections, and marketing. Includes a sample proposal and a writing sample.

808 SCR
Scrivener, Claire. Survival writing : (how to write letters, resumés, pitches, invoices, emails, articles, reports, and everything else you need to know how to write). New York : Cheshire House Books, c2009.A guide to writing necessary communications, such as resumes, letters, e-mails, reports, and other business documents, with advice on grammar and punctuation, getting to the point, marketing, dealing with contracts, and protecting ideas.

808.02 AMB
Amberg, Jay. The creative writing handbook. Glenview, Ill. : GoodYear :, c1992.Five instructional units explain how to write narratives, short fiction, and poetry. Includes activities.

808.02 CAS
Cassedy, Sylvia. In your own words : a beginner's guide to writing. 1st ed. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1979.A guide to writing prose, both fiction and nonfiction, and poetry.

808.02 COL
Collier, Oscar, 1924-. How to write and sell your first novel. 1st ed. Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c1986.

808.02 KLA
Klauser, Henriette Anne. Writing on both sides of the brain : breakthrough techniques for people who write. New York : HarperOne, c1987.Describes an approach to writing that separates the writing and editing processes, allowing people to write with more freedom and creativity.

808.04 TCH
Tchudi, Susan J. (Susan Jane), 1945-. The young writer's handbook. New York : Scribner's, c1984.Suggests helpful procedures and approaches for the beginning writer in areas of interest such as the journal, letter writing, creative writing, school reports, topics and experiments, editing, and publishing.

808.1 LIV
Livingston, Myra Cohn. Poem-making : ways to begin writing poetry. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1991.Introduces the different kinds of poetry and the mechanics of writing poetry, providing an opportunity for the reader to experience the joy of making a poem.

808.1 POE
Poetry Today Online. Poetry today online. Jacksonville, Ark. : Poetry Today Online, [2001]-.Web Feet summary: This site is full of fun and enthusiasm. The Poetry Articles section covers creativity, publishing your work, and portraits of both Web- and print-based poets. Contests and critique forums are available, and there is also a section with reviews of poetry books. Following in this "little bit of everything" vein, you'll also find a good list of links to online writing workshops; access to multiple discussion boards; and an interesting section titled Classic Poet, which profiles a famous poet and offers examples of why his or her writing is exemplary. Teachers may want to preview the poems before showing them to their students.

808.2 POL
Polsky, Milton E. You can write a play : a practical guide for the beginner. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 1983.Advice on ideas, plots, characters, adaptations, opportunities in the theater, and other considerations of the beginning playwright.

808.3 BER
Bernays, Anne. What if? : writing exercises for fiction writers. New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, c1990.Presents more than seventy-five creative writing exercises.

808.3 SEG
Segall, Miriam. Career building through fan fiction writing : new work based on favorite fiction. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Pub., 2008.Provides an introduction to fan fiction--a process in which a writer uses stories created by someone else as a starting point for new fiction using the same settings and characters, offers pointers on writing fan fiction, and looks at how fan fiction can be used as a base on which to build a career.

808.85 SHA
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Shakespeare's monologues for women. Rancho Mirage, CA : Dramaline Publications, c1990.Contains twenty-six speeches for actresses edited from nineteen comedies, tragedies, romances, and histories by William Shakespeare.

810.9 WEB
Webster's dictionary of American authors. New York, NY : Smithmark Reference, 1996.A collection of over 900 biographies of influential novelists, poets, and dramatists who make up the core of America's literary history; includes a section on important novels, plays, poems, and works of non-fiction; contains lists of persons, groups, and periodicals that shaped the character of American literature.

811 AMP
Amper, Susan. Bloom's how to write about Edgar Allan Poe. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Presents guidance on essay writing and sample essay topics on thirteen works of fiction and poetry by nineteenth-century American author Edgar Allan Poe, providing suggestions for how to approach them.

811 PRI
Priddy, Anna. Bloom's how to write about Emily Dickinson. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and presents and discusses sample topics based on twenty of poet Emily Dickinson's works.

811 SEE
Seeing the blue between : advice and inspiration for young poets. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2002.Several American poets offer advice to young people who are interested in writing poetry. There are also several examples of each poet's work.

813 BEC
Becnel, Kim. Bloom's how to write about F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and presents and discusses sample topics based on eleven of author F. Scott Fitzgerald's works.

813 HAW
Sterling, Laurie A. Bloom's how to write about Nathaniel Hawthorne. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and presents and discusses sample topics based on fourteen of author Nathaniel Hawthorne's works.

813 KER
Kerr, Christine. Bloom's how to write about J.D. Salinger. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and discusses sample topics based on twelve of author J.D. Salinger's works.

813 MOR
Burton, Zisca. Bloom's how to write about Toni Morrison. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.

813 STE
Kordich, Catherine J. Bloom's how to write about John Steinbeck. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and discusses sample topics based on ten of author John Steinbeck's works.

813 WAL
Winchell, Donna Haisty. Alice Walker. New York : Twayne Publishers ;, c1992.Study of Alice Walker's entire body of work, including her poetry and most recent novel. Includes biographical information.

818 RAS

Rasmussen, R. Kent. Bloom's how to write about Mark Twain. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and presents and discusses sample topics based on ten pieces by Mark Twain.

820.9 MOD

Modern British women writers : an A-to-Z guide. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2002.Presents alphabetized profiles of nearly sixty twentieth-century British women fiction writers, such as Virginia Woolf, A. S. Byatt, and Agatha Christie, describing their lives, major works and themes, and influence and providing primary and secondary bibliographies.

822.3 GLE

Gleed, Paul. Bloom's how to write about William Shakespeare. New York : Bloom's Literary Criticism, c2008.A practical resource guide for writing essays on William Shakespeare, with advice for students designed to help them develop their analytical skills and understand Shakespeare's works.

823 BRO

The Brontë sisters. Philadelphia : Chelsea House, c2002.Examines the lives and works of nineteenth-century sisters and writers Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, featuring a biographical profile, critical analysis of the themes, symbols, and ideas in their writing, a selection of critical essays, a chronology, and references.

823.809 BRI

British women fiction writers of the 19th century. Philadelphia, Pa. : Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.Discusses the lives and works of eleven British women fiction writers of the nineteenth century, including Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, and Frances Trollope.

843 KEL

Kelly, Kevin, M.F.A. Albert Camus' The stranger. Piscataway, N.J. : Research & Education Association, c1996.Presents study tools on Albert Camus's "The Stranger," including background on the work and author and section-by-section character lists, summaries, analyses, study questions and answers, and essay topic suggestions.

973.07 GAL

Galt, Margot Fortunato. The story in history : writing your way into the American experience. 1st ed. New York : Teachers & Writers Collaborative, c1992.Discusses various periods or themes in American history, suggests related creative writing exercises, and provides examples.


McNeese, Tim. Isabel Allende. New York : Chelsea House, c2006.A death in the family -- Memories of youth -- Other worlds -- Inventing her world -- Seasons in the sun -- Turmoil in Chile -- Exile and redemption -- California dreaming -- The infinite plan. A biography of Chilean American novelist Isabel Allende, discussing her youth and family in Lima, her marriage to Michael, her work as a journalist, her clashes with the government, her career as a writer, and the death of her daughter, Paula.


Smiley, Jane. Charles Dickens. New York : Viking, c2002.Chronicles the life of Charles Dickens, focusing on how his life experiences influenced each of his major works, and analyzing his narrative techniques, his voice and themes, and his portrayal of England's lower class.


Rosen, Michael, 1946-. Dickens : his work and his world. 1st U.S. ed. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2005.Introduces the life and times of Charles Dickens, and explores the likely inspirations for his writing style, stories, and characters through an examination of four of his most popular works, including "A Christmas Carol," "Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," and "Great Expectations.".


Boon, Kevin A. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York : Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark, c2006.Describes the life of early-twentieth-century American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, profiles his novel "The Great Gatsby," discusses his other writings, and includes a Fitzgerald chronology and bibliography, a filmography, and a list of further resources.


Gruwell, Erin. Teach with your heart : lessons I learned from the Freedom Writers : a memoir. New York : Broadway Books, c2007.Erin Gruwell, the teacher of the Freedom Writers, reflects on her experiences working with troubled teens and shares information about her students' futures after high school.

Lazo, Caroline Evensen. Alice Walker : freedom writer. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, c2000.Discusses the personal life and literary career of the African-American woman who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "The Color Purple.".


Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird. 1st Perennial classics ed. New York : Perennial, 2002, c1960.
Scout Finch, the young daughter of a local attorney in the Deep South during the 1930s, tells of her father's defense of an African-American man charged with the rape of a white girl.

Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman. Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, c2004.A guide to studying Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," featuring an introduction to the play, a biographical sketch of the playwright, a list of characters, a summary and analysis of the drama, and a selection of critical views.

Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005. All my sons : a drama in three acts. New York : Penguin Books, 2000.Presents the text of the 1947 play about Joe Keller, a manufacturer of aircraft parts during World War II who allows faulty cylinder heads to be sold to the Army and when caught, blames his employee and neighbor, destroying many lives in the process.

Coleman, Ruth, 1957-. John Steinbeck's Of mice and men. 1st ed. for the United States and Canada. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, 1999.A guide to reading and understanding that includes commentary on the novel's themes, setting, characters, styles, language, and viewpoint.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. The great Gatsby. 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed. New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995, c1953.The tragic story of the wealthy Jay Gatsby and his attempt to win back the love of Daisy Buchanan.

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. The pearl. New York : Penguin Books, 1992.Terrible events follow the discovery of a magnificent pearl by a poor Mexican fisherman.


Steinbeck, John. The red pony. New York : Penguin, 1992, c1965.Ownership of a beautiful red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.


Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. East of Eden. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1986.The saga of three generations of the Trask and Hamilton families in the early 1900's in Northern California.


The adventures of Tom Sawyer.Evanston, Ill. : Nextext, c2002.An adaptation of the classic novel which follows the adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.


Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. USA : Townsend Library, 2004.


Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Signet Classic ed. New York : New American Library, (19--?).Hank Morgan, cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth-century Connecticut, wakes to find himself in King Arthur's England.


Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. The complete short stories of Mark Twain. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1985.

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A celebration of young poets.Logan, Utah : Creative Communication, [2001]-.Web Feet summary: A Celebration of Young Poets helps teachers promote student poetry. Creative Communication, the Web site sponsor, offers prizes for young poets in grades 4 through 12. The Web site provides the guidelines for submission, general contest rules, and forms for submission.

Nobles, Robin. Robin's nest : writing short stories.R. Nobles, [2001]-.Web Feet summary: The introduction to short story writing that you will find at this site originated as an online chat workshop moderated by freelance writer Robin Nobles. Even established writers would be well served by a review of the points in this tutorial, which covers several different approaches to writing short stories. You might follow the five Cs of plotting a successful commercial short story: character, conflict, complications, climax, and conclusion. Or pattern your story after a bell curve's shape: setup and complication at the start, rising action taking up the dome, and climax and denouement at the end.

AllExperts : writing short, [2001]
If you decide to tackle the challenge of writing a short story on your own without a teacher looking over your shoulder who is ready to answer your questions, the help available at this site may be very useful to you. has recruited hundreds of experts on scores of subjects to field questions from folks unfamiliar with the subjects. This site is devoted to the writing of short stories, and its volunteer experts stand ready to lend their expertise if you run into a problem you can't solve on your own. : SoYouWanna get a short story published?, Inc., [2001]
Many people enjoy writing short stories as a hobby, but others dream of making it a full-time profession. Whether you are a short story writing hobbyist or the next Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is a great place to start. This Web site offers an in-depth, five-point program that can help you bring your short stories from scrap paper to publisher. It delivers a great store of information regarding publishing facts, the rights a writer has to his or her work, things writers need to do before submitting their work, and much more. Interested in writing for a sitcom? Perhaps you favor children's novels. This Web site has links to these resources as well. This is a great place to start for the amateur short story writer in all of us. : tips for writing a short story.Jennifer Stewart Write, [2001]
This simple page of advice for short story writers uses the analogy of a man in a tree to cover the basics of story structure. New writers are often told to follow these three basic steps in telling their story: 1) put a man up a tree, 2) throw stones at him, and 3) get him down. Short story writers must first present the problem or situation to be resolved by the protagonist. Next, writers must address possible conflicts or complications. Finally, the storyteller must resolve the initial problem. You can read these helpful tips--and more--at this site from Write 101.


Mark Twain for Students. Raleigh, NC : Media Consultants, 2002.
The Adventures of Huck Finn. USA : Disney DVD, 108min.
The Grapes of Wrath. Twentieth Century Fox, 1940.Motion Picture based on the novel by John Steinbeck.

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