“The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to
the seat of the chair.” ~ Mary Heaton Vorse
Grammar & Usage
Elements of Style
Browse the text of this classic work on English language usage.
Guide to Grammar and Style
Browse this indexed list of diverse style guidelines, including such historic references as “Latinate versus Germanic Diction”.
Guide to Grammar & Writing
This handy guide to grammar includes sections on all sentence parts, punctuation, and paragraph-level issues.
Also included are articles on many essay-level issues and types of academic writing.
UTEL Bibliography Builder
Fill in the forms provided to format bibliography entries for books, elections from collections, or periodicals.
EasyBib Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker
By simply filling out a form, generate citations for dozens of kinds of sources, including books, magazines, databases, and websites.
Writer’s Block/Writer’s Anxiety
This page was written for students, but it contains suggestions useful for anyone experiencing writer’s block.
Overcoming Writer’s Block (UIUC)
This brief article is full of immediately useful tips on dealing with writer’s block.
This guide helps you write effective office memos.
Revision in Business Writing
Use these suggestions to polish your business letters and reports.
Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section
includes several sources of sample business letters and memos.
Copyrighting Your Work
Publishing Law Center
This site is dedicated to legal issues affecting publishing, in particular copyright, trademark, and contracts. Includes a wealth of
information on topics like contract clauses, fair use, electronic publishing, and IP protection of characters and titles.
Our Reference Resources: Intellectual Property section
includes useful links to the U.S. Copyright Office site.
Sites for Professional Writers
Browse for freelance market information, including tips, writing prompts, and an active writer's forum.
Writers Guild of America
The WGA site includes articles, tools, news, and links for screenwriters.
How to Self-Publish a Book
Is self-publishing right for you? First check this advice on many aspects of self-publishing, print-on-demand, and e-publishing.
Marcia Yudkin's Freelance Writing FAQ
Answer the most frequently asked questions about freelancing.
How to Write a Query Letter
An introduction to writing query letters, with links to other sources for more information.
Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator
Figure out your billable hours and calculate what your minimum hourly rate would be to reach a target yearly income.