Since this is a writing intensive class, here are a few text recommendations, plug-ins and online sites to help you polish the prose for this class and for all of your classes.
Classic Writing Guides in Print or e-book–All of these Guides are Available on Amazon and you can also find the first three in Citytech’s library.
- The Elements of Style
William Strunk, Jr.
- AP Stylebook
- The Chicago Manual of Style
University of Chicago Press Staff
- Draft #4: On the Writing Process
Plug-Ins to Assist with Grammar There are many software plug-ins to help you proofread and edit text, I recommend you make use of them or at least evaluate them during this class to see how they might be helpful to you. I use Grammarly but there are others. I suggest you download one for free to use with your blog. If you can invest in it, the full version is excellent.
Also, the Hemmingway App is another one to consider. Named for the American writer who won the Nobel Prize in 1954, it is designed to help you write in a more concise style. Hemmingway was known for a type of prose that was to the point and very direct. His short story, Hills like White Elephants, is a perfect example of how much a short prose piece can reveal about its characters.
Online Style Guides
• Grammar Book.com This site has many resources to help with grammar and
• Top Twenty Undergraduate Errors From Stanford , the name says it all.
- Grammar Girl We are visual people in the COMD department and so is grammar girl. Her writing tips are all introduced with some clever imagery. So, enjoy perusing her site and finding out if her style works for you.
- The Owl at Purdue
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab is perhaps the leading internet site for U.S. students for information on improving one’s writing. They have specific sections of the site to work on mechanics, on your grammar and punctuation. Also, see their site for MLA citation guide.
They also have a section of this site devoted to job search writing: resumes, cover letters, etc. so click here for that section of the Owl.
- Harvard College Writing Center
Why not visit Harvard right here from Brooklyn? This site has a good set of tips regarding avoiding common grammar mistakes.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
This site has some excellent grammar tips
• Writing Forward focuses more on creative writing. This class is focused more on research papers but even within that format, you can develop a voice in your writing.
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