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Writing Resources

Common Writing Weaknesses: An expanded list of common writing weaknesses in novice and intermediate writing, with examples and solutions

How to Write an Email to Your Professor: Guidelines on when to write professors emails, what to include in them, and how to write them appropriately. Also contains guidelines on asking for extensions on assignments.

How to Read the World around You: Introduction to Rhetoric: An explanation of rhetoric and how you can use it to become a better writer and reader.

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Coming soon:

  • “Correct English” and Other Lies: Dialect in Writing
  • Annotating and Analyzing Poetry
  • Bad Reasoning and Logical Fallacies
  • Bookends: Writing Introductions & Conclusions
  • Citation Systems: MLA, APA, and Chicago
  • Strong Arguments: Writing a Thesis Statement
  • Writing the Academic Essay
  • Watch Your Fucking Language: Swearing in Writing