Friday, May 25, 2007

More Writing Handbooks and Some Courses

I'd never thought to look before. I did a short hunt and found that there are plenty more school-sponsored writing handbooks out there. This handbook for Amherst Students includes helpful information on logic and commonly misused words. Then there’s this one from, whoever that is. It’s got a pile of essays on everything from introductory paragraphs to footnotes and citations.

If you’re tired of reading about it, the St. Martin’s Handbook has a set of writing exercised built around its sections. George Mason University has a writing center that specifically focuses on business writing. And for those of you who are really serious about creative writing, check out the on-line writing courses called Writer’s Studio, through Stanford University. Ooh la la!

The whole reason that I’m pointing out ways to improve your writing is that people in general (not you, of course, you’re a wizard with words) can use the help. That includes me, naturally. I thought it would be handy to have a pile of resources all in one place. Each of the handbooks has a slightly different take on writing. Exposing yourself to different opinions allows you to build your own so that you can not only write well but offer specific criticism to those who do not.