Tips, resources, and exercises to help you improve your writing skills

Writing is an incredibly complex process that involves integrating all areas of linguistic and literary knowledge; the quest to become a better writer is, therefore, mysterious, highly personal, and open-ended. However, there are concrete steps you can take and specific things you can learn to objectively improve your writing. I hope that the materials and resources in this section of the site will help you accomplish that goal.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a fantastic resource for just about every aspect of writing. OWL’s sitemap provides a complete list of its many pages, conveniently organized by topic.

Students who are preparing to write essays for their college applications may find my handout Suggestions on How to Write College Application Essays useful.

For students preparing to take a standardized test that involves writing a timed essay, my handout Guidelines for Writing Essays on Standardized Tests may be helpful. Though the format of the SAT essay has now changed, my extensive Building a Repertoire of Examples handout may still be useful for some teachers and students.

Other Handouts

Essay Writing:
Persuasive Essay Assignment
Questions for Editing, Evaluation, and Revision

Fiction Writing:
Guidelines for Writing Short Stories

College Application Essay Advice for the Desperate

For the first official post in what I hope will become a regular blog for this site, I'd like to give some suggestions and writing tips to high school seniors out there who are struggling to find inspiration for their college application essays. I know from years of...