#NaNoWriMo Ebook Deals: Craft Books for Just $4.99

W. W. Norton & Company
3 min readNov 2, 2020

UPDATE: This limited-time pricing ended on 11/8/2020. You can browse all of Norton’s books on writing on our website.


It’s National Novel Writing Month and these books from W. W. Norton can help! Get the ebook of the following inspiring and practical writing books for just $4.99* each through November 8th, 2020 (limited-time ebook prices available in the US only).

The Magic Words — Cheryl Klein
The Magic Words (W. W. Norton)

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults (Cheryl B. Klein)

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With its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction. The Washington Post says: “Cheryl B. Klein [is] a craft-focused fairy godmother…[The Magic Words] is a well-organized master class.”

Making Shapely Fiction — Jerome Stern
Making Shapely Fiction (W. W. Norton)

Making Shapely Fiction (Jerome Stern)

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A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction — what makes it work and what can make it fail. The New York Times says: “useful on the most practical level…. [Stern] plunges his readers into the middle of things.”

The Lie That Tells a Truth — John Dufresne
The Lie That Tells a Truth (W. W. Norton)

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction (John Dufresne)

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Dufresne demystifies the writing process, showing that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself. National Book Award finalist Brad Watson called it, “practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful.”

Is Life Like This? (W. W. Norton)

Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months (John Dufresne)

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A patient teacher and an experienced writer, John Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. Massachusetts Book Award winner Steve Yarbrough says Is This Like This? “[b]elongs on the shelf alongside John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction and E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel.”

Narrative Design — Madison Smartt Bell
Narrative Design (W. W. Norton)

Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form (Madison Smartt Bell)

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Focusing on the big picture as well as the crucial details, Bell examines twelve stories by both established writers (including Peter Taylor, Mary Gaitskill, and Carolyn Chute) and his own former students. A story’s use of time, plot, character, and other elements of fiction are analyzed, and readers are challenged to see each story’s flaws and strengths.

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