About Wonderbook

Enlightening, entertaining, unique, Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, written by award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, is the world’s first fully illustrated creative writing book. It’s unlike any other writing manual you’ve ever seen. Taking a uniquely visual approach, it’s packed with more than 200 original drawings, illustrations, and pictorial exercises to stimulate your imagination and expand the reaches of your creativity.

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How Can Wonderbook Help You?

Wonderbook’s example-rich approach energizes and motivates, while providing the practical information you need to improve your skills—including instruction on plotting, structure, characterization, dialogue, exposition, worldbuilding, and point-of-view. Essential for any aspiring or intermediate writer, Wonderbook also includes helpful sidebars, interviews, and essays from some of today’s biggest names in literature.

Contributors include:

  • George R. R. Martin
  • Lev Grossman
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • John Crowley
  • Rikki Ducornet
  • Charles Yu
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • Karen Lord
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Peter Straub
  • Nnedi Okorafor

Who Is Jeff VanderMeer?

Jeff VanderMeer--credit to Francesca Myman Locus Publications--jpegJeff VanderMeer is a three-time World Fantasy Award winner and thirteen-time finalist. In 2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release his Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) along with HarperCollins Canada, The Fourth Estate (U.K.), and publishers in 15 other countries. Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions have acquired the movie rights. VanderMeer has been a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and Shirley Jackson Awards. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. The co-founder of Weirdfictionreview.com and Cheeky Frawg Books, VanderMeer has edited or coedited twelve fiction anthologies, including The Weird and The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and serves as the co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen SF/fantasy writing camp located at Wofford College. Previous novels include the Ambergris Cycle, with nonfiction titles including Booklife and The Steampunk Bible. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, the noted editor Ann VanderMeer.

Who Created Most of the Art in Wonderbook?

Jeremy ZerfossJeremy Zerfoss first became interested in art and design at the age of 15 because of an overexposure to manga. There followed an interest in making cute beasties, including murals at local schools. He has for years been involved with local design in the Las Vegas area, and first gained exposure through the deviant art community. Zerfoss is heavily influenced by certain strands of pop art, but also superflat, repurposed culture, and his location—specifically, the Mojave Desert. In addition to Wonderbook, Zerfoss is best known for his innovative and bold line of book covers for Cheeky Frawg Books. He has also done art and design work for Symantec, BullSpec Magazine, Shared Worlds and RDS Press, as well as various local charities and businesses. Galleries of Zerfoss’s art have been featured on a number of sites, including io9.com. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he runs Tenno Art House. Contact him through pressinfo at vandermeercreative.com

Who Created This Website?

Luís Rodrigues created this site. He’s a software engineer, designer and translator based in Lisbon, Portugal. All images used to create the site are by artist Jeremy Zerfoss.