Online Academic Resources - Writing

Additional Writing Resources for Students
  1. The Lewis University Writing Center

  2. Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL): an excellent site for academic writing; includes easy-to-follow style guides for MLA and APA.

  3. the companion website for The Writer’s Reference, the handbook used in Lewis’ first year writing program; an excellent site for writing tips and models of academic writing. Includes style guides for MLA and APA.

  4. Writing Your Way Through College: A Student’s Guide, by Sheryl I Fontaine and Cherryl Smith, Boynton/Cook, 2008: provides useful background information about writing in college; clearly describes the expectations for writing and explains why students are asked to write in particular ways.

  5. and The Grammar Hotline Directory The grammar hotline is a list of phone numbers or E-Mail addresses or Web sites which you can contact for answers to short questions about writing. Tidewater Community College founded one of the first grammar hotlines in the country and publishes an annual compilation of grammar hotlines in the United States and Canada. TCC is pleased to offer its directory to Web users everywhere.

  6. Some writers to read for their seemingly effortless prose style: E.B. White, Tobias Wolff, Grace Paley, Alice Walker. Read. Read. Read.

  7. For fiction writing:, link: Writer’s Corner.

  8. Your Instructor: Ask your instructor:
    • To clarify the assignment and to provide written assignment instructions
    • To provide a model
    • To provide the criteria for evaluation
    • To review a draft and provide feedback before submitting the final version

  9. A Writers Group: Join or create a group of people interested in writing and talking about writing. Meet once or twice a month to respond to each other’s writing.

  10. You: As with many challenging skills worth learning, you can be your own best teacher through practice. If you really wish to improve your writing, start writing regularly, for yourself, for 10-15 minutes a day. Keep a journal, a notebook, and write whatever’s on your mind. Or, pick up a book of writing or journal prompts and write responses to the prompts. Try Room to Write by Bonni Goldberg or One-to-One: Self-Understanding through Journal Writing by Christina Baldwin.