William Knowlton Zinsser (October 7, 1922 – May 12, 2015) was an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer. He was a longtime contributor to leading magazines.

Books in order of publication:

Any Old Place with You1957
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction1976
Writing With a Word Processor1983
Willie and Dwike: An American Profile1984
Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography1986
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir1987
Writing to Learn: How to Write–And Think–Clearly about Any Subject at All1988
Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel1989
Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children1990
They Went: Travel Writing Pa1991
American Places: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to 16 of This Country’s Most Visited and Cherished Sites1992
Speaking of Journalism: 12 Writers and Editors Talk about Their Work1994
Going on Faith: Writers on a Spiritual Quest1999
Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past2004
Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher2009
The Writer Who Stayed2012