Additional Writing Resources for Students
The Lewis University Writing Center, LARC/Benilde Hall (815)
Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL): an excellent site for academic
writing; includes easy-to-follow style guides for MLA and APA.
dianahacker.com: 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.
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
for writing and explains why students are asked to write in particular
dictionary.com 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
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.
- Some writers to read for their seemingly effortless prose style: E.B. White, Tobias Wolff, Grace Paley, Alice Walker. Read. Read. Read.
For fiction writing: nicholassparks.com, link: Writer’s Corner.
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
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
You: As with many challenging skills worth learning, you can be
your own best teacher through practice. If you really wish to improve
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.