Resources for Student Writers
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
~Peter De Vries
Feeding the Muse: Writers read. Read widely.
- Writer’s Almanac: Subscribe free to a daily poem and newsletter compiled by Garrison Keillor.
- A.Word.A.Day: Subscribe free to a daily vocabulary builder.
- Delancey Place: Subscribe free to daily eclectic nonfiction excerpts (mostly history).
- Revising means seeing your entire paper with fresh eyes. Try these checklists from Purdue and Dartmouth.
- Revising means making structural changes. Harvard provides an example.
- The paramedic method can help you cut the fat and get to the point by using strong verbs and eliminating strings of prepositional phrases.
- Proofreading is the last step. Read your paper aloud and try other ways to slow down and pay attention.
Disciplinary Writing: Remember with academic writing that one size does not fit all fields.
- Rules and formats vary. You’ll find lots of resources on the Web —but stick to sites ending with “.edu”.
- The University of North Carolina has handouts on Writing Center for Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Drama, History, Literature (Fiction), Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sciences, and Sociology.
Publishing: Writers need readers.
- American Journal of Undergraduate Research
A refereed journal for undergraduate research in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, and related areas in education.
- The Journal of Young Investigators
JYI provides opportunities for students to participate in the scientific review and publication processes, primarily through the operation of its peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates.
- Michigan Journal of Political Science The Michigan Journal of Political Science accepts submissions from undergraduate students attending accredited universities worldwide.
- The Oswald Review
The Oswald Review (TOR) is an international, refereed journal of undergraduate criticism and research in the discipline of English.
- Public Writing: A Cultural Studies Journal for Undergraduates A Public Writing submission may work in any of the following fields or combine any of the following fields in an interdisciplinary manner: cultural theory, social theory, literary theory, cultural anthropology, linguistics, rhetoric studies, historical analysis, sociology, queer studies, disability studies, gender studies, philosophy or any other applicable field.
- Young Scholars in Writing
Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric seeks theory-driven and/or research-based submissions from undergraduates on the following topics: writing, rhetoric, composition, professional writing, technical writing, business writing, discourse analysis, writing technologies, peer tutoring in writing, writing process, writing in the disciplines, and related topics.
Sites Useful to Nonnative Writers of English
- Articles – a handout from the University of North Carolina
- Idioms – practice quizzes from the Internet TESL Journal
Don’t overlook the three best resources for student writers at Marymount: