Readings for Writers: Pick of the Week 12/12/14
Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Chip Cheek recommends one of his favorite craft books.
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them, by Francine Prose: The title says it all. This is a fantastic book, a bestseller, published in 2006, by a wonderful novelist. The single best way to learn how to write is to read widely and deeply and closely, and Prose is excellent at teaching the craft of fiction through the example of great authors old and new. Also, it features a great list at the end called “Books to Be Read Immediately.”
Chip Cheek is the author of the novel Cape May (Celadon Books, 2019). His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston. A longtime resident of Somerville and former staff member at GrubStreet, Chip now lives with his wife and daughter in the Los Angeles area.See other articles by Chip Cheek