On Writing and Creativity

On this page you can find a list of resources designed to help you with writing short stories – providing you with tips, advice and words from writing experts.


Advice for Writers writing tips

The Asham Award Writers’ Resource Page

Bristol Short Story Prize resources/links

British Council Literary Projects

Contemporary Writers in the UK

Advice on short story writing from the people at the Fish Prize

The Guardian’s ‘A Brief Survey of the Short Story’

I Heart Short Stories (blog/review)

Kudos writing competitions

Riptide Magazine’s resources/links page

The Short Review: reviews of short story collections


Three Types of Short Story from Comma Press


Chicago Manual of Style

Daily Grammar Lessons

Daily Writing Tips

English Practice

Guide to Citation and Referencing from Warwick University

Harvard Referencing Guide from Anglia Ruskin University

Links to resources on writing a synopsis

New Writing South

Punctuation Guide from the University of Sussex

QueenSpark Books

Strunk’s Elements of Style

Writer’s Style Guide

Consulting Editor Alan Rinzler with advice to writers


Mentoring: A Guide for Creative Writers

The Fielding Programme

Gold Dust

The Literary Consultancy

New Writing South

The Story Corrective

The Word Factory


The Paris Review Interviews

BBC Archive In their Own Words

The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers

Penguin Podcasts

Al Alvarez, The Writer’s Voice

Margaret Atwood on Writing: Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing

Paul Auster, The Red Notebook

Donald Barthelme, Not-Knowing

William Boyd, A Short History of the Short Story

ed. Clare Boylan, The Agony and the Ego

Raymond Carver, Principles of a Short Story

Raymond Carver, Fires

ed. Ann Charters, The Story and Its Writer

eds. Dan Crowe and Philip Oltermann, How I Write: the Secret Lives of Authors

Chekhov on writing

ed. John Darnton, Writers on Writing (vols. 1 and 2)

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

John Gardner, On Writers and Writing Beyond

Alan Garner, The Voice that Thunders

Vanessa Gebbie, Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind

Ernest Hemingway, On Writing

The Art of Fiction – Hemingway– An in-depth interview from the Paris Review.

Steven King, On Writing

Hanif Kureishi, Dreaming and Scheming

Alexander Linklater, Reclaiming the Story

Alberto Manguel, A Reader on Reading

Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners

Frank O’Connor, The Lonely Voice

George Orwell, Why I Write

F. David Peat, The Black-Winged Night

Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer

Michele Roberts, Food, Sex & God: On Inspiration and Writing

Eudora Welty, On Writing

Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects

Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary


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