Excel Writing Center


Welcome to The Writing Center Resource Hub! Click a link below or simply scroll down to locate helpful writing-related resources. (But don't forget that a Writing Center consultation might be just the support you need!)

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Disclaimer: As Writing Center consultants, we've found the following resources trustworthy and helpful to our development as writers. Remember that the information in these resources are not necessarily accurate to what an instructor may be looking for in your writing, so it's always best to double-check with your instructor's directions.

Note: All resources that require purchase are indicated with a $ sign.

For rethinking your approach to writing and understanding the writing process in a new way. Be inspired! Draw out those ideas hiding away in your brilliant brain.

FreeMind - Mind Mapping Software

Frog Box

Understanding Assignments Demo


Writer's Block Buster $

Writing as Decision Making


Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher. 6th edition. New York: Longman, 2008. Print.

Bazerman, Charles and Paul Prior. What Writing Does and How It Does It: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices. Philadelphia: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003. Print.

Bean, John. Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. Print.

Davis, Robert L. and Mark F. Shadle. Teaching Multiwriting: Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007. Print.

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. New York: Harper Perennial, 1990. Print.

Gaiman, Neil. Neil Gaiman's Journal. Web.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala, 2005. Print.

Heilker, Paul. The Essay: Theory and Pedagogy for an Active Form. Urbana: NCTE, 1996. Print.

King, Stephen. On Writing. New York: Pocket, 2002. Print.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Harpswell: Anchor, 1995. Print.

McManus, Patrick F. The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor. Spokane: Eastern Washington University Press, 2000. Print.

Murray, Donald. A Writer Teaches Writing: A Complete Revision. Boston: Houghton Mifflin College Division, 1985. Print.

Trustworthy sources for citing and formatting in most disciplines. Don't see your citation style below? Check out the Purdue Owl's complete discipline listing for further resources.

In addition, we have style manuals (APA, MLA, Chicago, and more) available for student use in the Writing Center. Please feel welcome to come in and ask us for help if you're having difficulties with using the Purdue OWL or the style manuals.

Tips for avoiding plagiarism and knowing when to cite.

Guide to Preventing Plagiarism

Is It Plagiarism Yet?

Avoiding Plagiarism

How We Cite

Purdue Owl


AMA Style Stat!



Purdue Owl APA


Chicago Manual of Style

Purdue Owl Chicago


IEEE Citation Reference



Purdue Owl MLA

Tips & Tricks for Formatting on Word Processors

Insert Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

Six Tips for Better Formatting in Microsoft Word

Work Smarter and Quicker with Apple iWork's Pages

Resources for writing in specific genres.

Creative Writing

Idea generators, prompts, and publishing opportunities for inspiring your creativity and developing conventions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Character Namer

Frog Box

A Novel Idea

Poets and Writers

Story Generator

UCCS Free Expression Poetry Club: Meets Thursdays at 7:00 in the MOSAIC Office

UCCS Literary and Arts Journal

Writer's Digest



Literary Analysis

STEPS: A Resource for Writing about Literature

Job Search

For resumes, cover letters, CVs, personal statements, and more. Need help preparing for an interview? Check out our resources for Oral Communication.

Career Center

Communication Center Resources

Job Search Writing

Writing the Personal Statement

What is a Cover Letter?

What is a CV?


Types of Resumes

Bold, Beautiful Resumes

The Worst Resume Ever


Journaling, free-writing, and note-taking apps.

Day One



Tips for increasing productivity, writing environments to help you focus, and reward-based writing motivators.


The Night Before: Essay Planner


Team Viz

Write or Die$

WriteRoom (Mac only)$

Written Kitten


Internet Distraction Blockers


Cold Turkey



Tools and methods for improving the structure and organization of your writing.

Color Coding

FreeMind - Mind Mapping Software


Reverse Outline

Scrivener $


Visual Design

Resources for enhancing the visual design of documents.


Word Choice

Dictionaries, thesauruses, and etymologies for improving word choice.



One Look Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary



Word Frequency Counter

For when you need to take your mind off your writing.


The Oatmeal

Problems of a Book Nerd

Words with Friends

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Phone: (719) 255-4336 | Location: Columbine Hall 316
Director: Matthew Balk, Ph.D. | Phone: (719) 255-4335 | mbalk@uccs.edu