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Word by Word

by John Tullius & Elizabeth Engstrom and the Presenters of the Maui Writers Conference

The World’s Finest Writers Share The Secrets of Their Success

A Writers House Book
ISBN 0-9666272-6-1

Available in Paperback


Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara series · Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives · Michael Eberhardt, Body of a Crime · Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box · Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying · Julie Garwood, For the Roses · Elizabeth George, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner · David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars · Tony Hillerman, Hunting Badger · Susan Isaacs, Compromising Positions · Ridley Pearson, Probable Cause · Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle


Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie · Kenneth C. Davis, Don’t Know Much About History · Barbara DeAngelis, How to Make Love All the Time · Dewitt Jones, Photographer, Filmmaker · Tad Bartimus, Requiem · Eric Marcus, The Autobiography of Greg Louganis


Ron Bass, Screenwriter, Rain Man · Ron Howard, Director, Apollo 13 · Barry Kemp, Producer, Writer, Coach · James Orr, Screenwriter, Three Men and a Baby · Mike Scully, Producer, Writer, The Simpsons · Christopher Vogler, Author, The Writer’s Journey


Jeff Arch · David Baldacci · Dave Barry · Jay Bonansinga · Jimmy Breslin Jack Canfield · Bryce Courtenay · Steven deSouza · Joe Eszterhas · Bud Gardner Steven Goldsberry · Craig Lesley · Elmore Leonard · Bob Mayer · Don McQuinn Marilyn Meredith · Dan Millman · Raymond Obstfeld · Steve Oedekerk · Joe Ortiz Mike Sack · John Saul · Linda Seger · Katherine Ramsland · Susan Wiggs

And More!

Critics have said:

"It would be grand if every aspiring author could pack up and fly to Hawaii to attend the Maui Writer's conference on Labor Day weekend. For those not so fortunate, a copy of this book is the next best thing."—Library Journal

"Word By Word is an informative, inspiring, always practical "how to" anthology that is very highly recommended to writers of fiction, nonfiction, film and television scripts, and anyone who has ever wanted to set pen to paper and effectively record their ideas and stories for posterity."—Midwest Book Review

"Along with the inspiration there's a good number of pithy quotes, handy tips, and insights into the writing world. The essays are entertaining, straightforward, and often reflect the author's personality. A worthwhile experience for anyone seeking more knowledge of the art and craft of writing."—