Writing

What Is a Western Novel? Definition of the Western Genre and Tips for Writing a Great Western Book

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 20, 2021 • 2 min read

Before John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were household names for starring in Western films, readers ventured into the Wild West a different way: through novels. Western novels are some of the most genre-specific books ever written. Learn more about the history of the genre and how the Wild West became so popular.