Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors
This page is terribly disorganized; I'm working to clean it up.
For now, it's a miscellaneous group of writing resources serving
as a supplement to my grammar and style
guide. Note that, as a matter of policy, I don't include
links to commercial enterprises.
- General Resources:
- Alt.usage.english newsgroup
- Keith Ivey's English
- Mark Israel's FAQ for
- World Wide Words
(Michael Quinion) — An extensive site “devoted to the English
language - its history, quirks, curiosities and evolution.”
- English Usage,
Style, & Composition — A collection of reference works
at Bartleby.com, including American Heritage, Strunk &
White, Fowler's King's English, and other indispensable
public-domain works. Worth a bookmark.
Resources on the Web — the University of Chicago Writing
Program provides annotated links to useful Web sites on grammar
and style. Eminently sensible.
-- Discussion groups on English grammar, usage, and style.
- Style Guides (more or less comprehensive):
- Strunk, The Elements of
Style (1918 edition) (Bartleby)
- H. W. Fowler, The
King's English (Bartleby)
Style Guide -- A thorough guide to the house style of The
Guardian. American users should note that it's a British
publication; all users should note that it settles their own
house style, and doesn't pretend to rule on the language as a
- MHRA's Home Page
Better: A Handbook for Amherst Students (Susan Snively,
Amherst College) — A practical collection of writing advice,
both specific and general. Plenty of examples. [Added 10
Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading (Jeannine
DeLombard and Dan White, Univ. of Toronto) — Eminently
reasonable and extremely helpful advice for writers of
college-level English papers.
to Write (Brian Dana Akers) — Brief, opinionated reviews of
some major guides to writing.
Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (Michael
Alley, Virginia Tech; Leslie Crowley, Univ. of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign; and Christene Moore, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
— Useful and practical advice for writers in technical fields.
Word/Writer's Links — The Electric Eclectic — A
huge collection of writing-related links, with brief annotations.
Economist style guide — A useful guide, though
American readers should note that they prescribe British
- Pages on Specific Topics:
- Dictionaries and Lexicography:
Webster Interface (CMU) — A common interface allows you to
search several public-domain dictionaries on-line.
Alternative Dictionaries — A collaborative international
dictionary of slang and non-standard usage.
- WordNet: A
Lexical Database for English (Princeton) — “An on-line
lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current
psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory. English nouns,
verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets,
each representing one underlying lexical concept. Different
relations link the synonym sets.”
- LOGOS Dictionary
- Writing various genres:
- Children's Literature:
- Technical Writing:
- Literary Terms:
- Writers' Groups:
- Writing World
#0151; A free, biweekly newsletter for writers, by the editor of
the now defunct Inklings.
- General Essays on Style:
- Miscellaneous Observations:
- RhetNet: A
Dialogic Publishing (Ad)venture (Missouri) —
“RhetNet is a concerted effort to see what publishing on
the net might be in its ‘natural’ form. Without
leaving our print heritage behind entirely, we want to adapt to
the net rather than only adapting net publishing to print-based
- Copyright and Plagiary:
- Writing Programs and Centers:
— Mostly a commercial site, but includes a good collection of
free resources, including tips on copyright, MS preparation, and
the writing business.
- Inkspot: Resources for Writers
- American Society of
Journalists and Authors
- Writers House
Asked Questions about English, Series 1 (John Lawler, Michigan)
- The Reporters Network
- Writers Write:
Internet Writing Journal
Writing Resources On Line — Extensive and annotated
collection of links to writing resources on the Web.
- PEN Oakland Resource
Errors in English (Paul Brians, Washington State Univ.)
- Paradigm Online Writing
- Robin's Nest Writer's
and Cautions for Writers — A useful set of pointers for
newcomers to the business of writing.
- SAJA Stylebook
for Covering South Asia and the Southa Asian Diaspora —
Style tips, especially for journalists, on South Asian matters.
Editorial Style Manual — A useful collection of tips on
grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics.
Vocabula Review — An electronic journal on usage. Tends to
be conservative, but not mindlessly so; still, perhaps too
splenetic for many. A regular feature, “Grumbling about Grammar,”
suggests the tone a little too well.
- SUNY Geneseo
Online Writing Guide (Paul Schacht and Celia Easton) — A
useful collection of advice.
Exploding Dictionary — Thoroughly hyperlinked dictionary,
where every word of every definition is linked to another set of
- George Orwell, Politics and
the English Language
- The Nuts and
Bolts of College Writing (Michael Harvey) -- A helpful guide
to writing papers, with advice on thesis construction, use of
evidence, style, and mechanics.
- CompPile (Rich
Haswell) -- “An ongoing inventory of publications in
post-secondary composition, rhetoric, ESL, and technical
writing.” A large and impressive bibliography of sources.
- Everyone Who's
Anyone in Trade Publishing -- A searchable guide to agents,
editors, and publishers in the US, UK and Canada.
(Sharon Stoerger) -- A huge collection of information on
plagiarism, copyrights, intellectual freedom, term paper mills,
and so on. Nearly comprehensive.
From the Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch.
Comments are welcome.