Required book for class:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. You can purchase this book at the campus Bookstore.

Style Guide required required for class: The Little Seagull Handbook With Exercises by Bullock, Brody, and Weinberg.  You can purchase this book at the campus Bookstore.

And, of course, you should be familiar with the Purdue OWL Website — a comprehensive source for exercises and rules of grammar and style.

Other Materials and Supplies:

1.) Writing and Storage: Get at least one spiral notebook. They are available from the Campus Bookstore (pictured below). Also obtain at least one folder to keep photocopied handouts in.

2.) I recommend you also obtain a smaller, more portable notebook for yourself — one that you can take on the train, use in public while you’re at a coffee shop or waiting in line. After all, you will be writing all the time. : )

Here are examples of some of mine to show scale:

3.) You will need pens and pencils.

4.) Highlighting pens in four colors (these will be useful later in the semester)

5. ) You are responsible to bring to class any photocopied readings that the Instructor distributes.

6.) You will need a validated Library Card. The Instructor will send you to the Library to check out materials — be ready!

7. ) You need access to a computer and a printer. Sorry, though printing can be problematic on campus, you must print your formal, typed papers when they are assigned. Please familiarize yourself with the various labs (6th Floor, Namm) and centers (Atrium Building, Ground Floor) and other sites (The Library) where you can print! The Instructor does not, as a rule, accept GoogleDocs or electronic files in lieu of paper.

8. ) Paper. We are sorry to say it, but your Instructor does not like double-sided printing. : )

9.) Subscriptions to various Online publications, as requested by Instructor. Examples might be The New York Times or The Atlantic. The New York Times online edition is now available to all CUNY students, faculty and staff for free at

10.) Have a good Dictionary or a good Dictionary App easily at hand.

You will also need to have access to an Online etymological dictionary, like this one, so bookmark it, please: