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 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.
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. <http://journal.neilgaiman.com/>. Web.
Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down 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.
For resumes, cover letters, CVs, personal statements, and more. Need help preparing for an interview? Check out our resources for Oral Communication.
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 & Tricks for Formatting on Word Processors
Free sites that make collaboration in group projects easier. Helpful tools to manage research and large projects.
Idea generators, prompts, and publishing opportunities for inspiring your creativity and developing conventions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
UCCS Free Expression Poetry Club: Meets Thursdays at 7:00 in the MOSAIC Office
Resources for writing in specific genres.
For developing language skills and support for language acquisition.
Journaling, free-writing, and note-taking apps.
Tips, tutorials, and tools for creating and giving effective presentations.
Tips for increasing productivity, writing environments to help you focus, and reward-based writing motivators.
Tips and guides for effective revision, proofreading, and editing.
The 10 Step Guide to Proofreading Essays Quickly from Grammarcheck.net
Tools and methods for improving the structure and organization of your writing.
Resources for enhancing the visual design of documents.
For when you need to take your mind off your writing.
Dictionaries, thesauruses, and etymologies for improving word choice.