Athens State Writing Blog

Resources for Writers

There are a number of online resources for writing–both in college and in life. This site will be regularly updated with new resources.

Resources for Writing in College:  

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Contains information on the major citation styles, the writing process, resumes, and more.
  • Bedford/St. Martin’s Research & Documentation Online website. Sample papers cited according to MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles (respectively). Site also contains an easy-to-use drop-down bar to find out how to cite different types of sources.
  • Andrea A. Lunsford, of Stanford University’s program in Writing and Rhetoric, put together a list of the top 20 errors in undergraduate writing and some tips for how to avoid them.
  • There is an article on plagiarism in the November 2011 issue of the Athenian (See p. 9).
  • The Science of Scientific Writing – An article on science writing; published in the magazine American Scientist
  • – CrossRef is the organization that invented the DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which is now a commonly used identification number for an increasing number of scholarly articles; the DOI system is recommended in the APA citation manual (See Section 6.31 in the Sixth Edition).

Weekly Writing Group:

  • The Weekly Writing Group at Athens State University provides support for fiction and nonfiction writers interested in pursuing personal goals. Open to the university community, students and the general public. Meets in the evenings. Contact for dates and times.

Great Books on Writing:

  • Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Knopf, Aug. 2012) – Here’s a short review of the book: a similar (and even shorter) review was originally published in the Decatur Daily on October 14, 2012 by the same author. Great book! It will improve your style.
  • Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble (3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2011). Great book! Easy to read.  Written for college students who want to write clearly and convincingly. Doesn’t read like a textbook.
  • The Craft of Revision by Donald Murray (2nd edition, Harcourt Brace, 1995). Written for creative writers who want to improve their craft: nonfiction, fiction, poetry.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Scribner, 2000). Hey, it’s Stephen King! Yes, the Stephen King. You can’t go wrong with this book if you’re a writer.
  • Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher (Riverhead Books, 2006). Pipher has a background in psychology, anthropology and therapy; she has written numerous books and spoken around the world.
  • Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Excellent starter book for creative nonfiction writers. Applies the techniques of creative writing–fiction, poetry, and drama–to life writing genres: memoir, literary journalism, essays about place, essays about people, etc.

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