Grammar, Speaking, & Writing


Creative Writing

Advice to Writers
Each day a quotation from famous writers about the art of writing.
Articles: Reading, Writing, Living, and Other Dangerous Endeavors
Articles, quizzes, FAQs, and links from author Holly Lisle.
BBC Bitesize: Creative Writing
Guides from the BBC for students taking creative writing classes.
Be a Better Writer
From a university professor and fiction author, these pages are filled with tips on the writing process, tips for writing a novel, writing prompts, writing contests, creative writing quotations, and plenty of practical advice on how to write better and increase your odds of getting published.
Creative Writing 101
From the Daily Writing Tips blog, this article offers tips and links for the creative writer.
Creative Writing Lessons (video)
Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King.
Creative Writing Now
Creative writing ideas, free online writing courses for new authors, plus hundreds of story starters, poem starters, and journal writing prompts to keep you inspired.
Creative Writing Prompts
This website provides creative writing prompts, topics, tips, ideas and outlines to help you put pen to paper. No more writers’ block!
John Steinbeck and Advice for Beginning Writers
A short letter from John Steinbeck.
Purdue OWL: Creative Writng Introduction
These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. From the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.
StoryToolz
Ideas and tools for story writers, including a ‘cliche buster’ and readibility analyzer.
ThinkWritten
From starting at the blank computer screen to plotting, editing, revising, publishing, and marketing your book – we’re here to support and encourage you every single step of the way!
Thought.co: Writing
Anyone can string a few words together into a sensible sentence, but if you want to make your prose persuasive and your essays elegant, you need to take your skills to the next level. These articles can help.
Write Alive! (video)
A series of short videos from a professional author discussing the writing process.
Writer’s Treasure: Creative Writing 101
The best way to increase your proficiency in creative writing is to write, write compulsively, but it doesn’t mean write whatever you want. There are certain things you should know first… it helps to start with the right foot.

Debate & Logical Argument

15 Logical Fallacies You Should Know Before Getting Into a Debate
A logical fallacy is an error in reasoning common enough to warrant a fancy name. Knowing how to spot and identify fallacies is a priceless skill. … Here’s a list of the 15 informal fallacies you are most likely to encounter in discussion and debate.
Argument Analysis
If you make a poor or unsupported argument in a debate, you may hand your opponants an opening. Look here to learn how to construct solid arguments.
American Parliamentary Debate Association
Parliamentary debate is an off-topic, extemporaneous form of competitive debate which stresses rigorous argumentation, logical analysis, quick thinking, breadth of knowledge, and rhetorical ability over preparation of evidence. This college-level association’s website includes resources which might be of interest to secondary students as well.
Complete Guide to Debating: How to Improve your Debating Skills
Debating can look intimidating from the sidelines, with speakers appearing confident, passionate and unwavering, but it consists of skills that anybody can learn…. In this article we provide a guide to the basics of debating.
Debate.org
Debate.org is a free online community where intelligent minds from around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others. Research today’s most controversial debate topics and cast your vote on our opinion polls.
Debating Matters
Debating Matters is an annual debate competition for U.K. students. The website includes a number of items available to anyone, including debating resource packs and a number of topic guides.
Effective High School Debating Techniques
Participating in a debate can feel a bit intimidating, or even scary. With the right preparation and strategies, you can prove your point in an efficient, meaningful way that wins your audience over.
iDebate: Debatabase
Arguments for and against hundreds of debating Topics, written by expert debaters, judges and coaches. Note that some articles are quite old, so check the dates if you’re looking for ideas on current topics.
A List of Fallacious Arguments
Describes several common fallacious arguments. Here you can learn to avoid using these false arguments yourself and to recognize when your opponant is using them.
Logical Fallacies: An Encyclopedia of Errors of Reasoning
The ability to identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others, and to avoid them in one’s own arguments, is both valuable and increasingly rare. Fallacious reasoning keeps us from knowing the truth, and the inability to think critically makes us vulnerable to manipulation by those skilled in the art of rhetoric.
Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate
While very old, this page still has useful information about logical fallacies and how they may be used and countered in formal debates.
ProCon.org
ProCon.org has over 90 debate topics complete with pro and con arguments featuring quotes and statistics from experts, historical information, and other pertinent research.
Speech and Debate Glossary (PDF)
Check this list to find out what all those terms actually mean.
Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies
A logical fallacy is usually what has happened when someone is wrong about something. It’s a flaw in reasoning. … Don’t be fooled! This website and poster have been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.
WikiHow: How to Debate
Article on how to prepare for a debate and how to present it, including the importance of examples and rebuttal.

Grammar

Common Errors in English Usage
This site explains common mistakes in usage, often-confused words, spelling errors, and things people think are mistakes which aren’t. Also includes nice set of links to other grammar and usage sites.
Daily Grammar
With hundreds of short lessons on grammar and punctuation, this is a great place to learn and review. Also offers a Daily Grammar Lessons Blog with short reviews and quizzes and a Grammar Cheat Sheet with hints and explanations for easily confused terms.
The Elements of Style
The original version of Strunk & White’s famous book, long considered the work on English writing style.
EnglishPage.com
Reference, mini-tutorials, weekly lesson, vocabulary, and dictionaries.
GrammarBook.com
Online reference guide and workbook to English grammar and punctuation.
Grammar Bytes
Short reviews and exercies to practice your knowledge of English grammar, including punctuation marks.
Grammar Girl
Short weekly podcasts about various aspects of English grammar and usage.
Grammarly
Grammarly automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in your writing. You can use their online checker or install a browser app, an MS Office app, or a Windows or Mac apps.
Grammarphobia
A blog with short articles every few days discussing different aspects of English grammar.
Guide to Grammar and Style
Short descriptions of common points of confusion.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Extensive review lessons from sentence-level to essay-level writing. Includes online index for easy access to particular subjects, such as parts of speech.
MLA Style Center: Quizzes
Test your knowledge of grammar and punctuation.
The Punctuation Guide
This guide shows the current style of American punctuation.
Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab
Purdue OWL: Grammar
Clear and helpful information and exercises to improve your writing and grammar.
Road to Grammar
Short quizzes, notes, games, and other materials for reviewing English grammar.
WebGrammar
Explanations and links about spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and style. Or …. writing, education, typography, academic research, or Web development
WikiHow: English Grammar
Dozens of articles about grammar and punctuation, plus links to related topics.

Journalism

American Journalism Review
American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. While no longer in productions, archives are still available for browsing.
BBC Academy
Training and development designed to support the BBC and the wider industry to inform, educate and entertain.
Columbia Journalism Review
Columbia Journalism Review’s mission is to encourage and stimulate excellence in journalism in the service of a free society. It is both a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms, from newspapers to magazines to radio, television, and the Web.
CopyBlogger
Includes articles such as Copywriting 101 and Six Common Punctuation Errors That Bedevil Bloggers.
EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers
Information for bloggers about legal issues to be aware of, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
FAIR
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.
Handbook of Independent Journalism
This free online book from 2006 discusses the techniques and ethics of journalism.
Journalist’s Toolbox
Set of annotated links for journalists wishing to research prominent topics in the news.
Media Matters for America
A Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
National Press Club
The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists provides journalists a center for the advancement of their professional standards and skills, the promotion of free expression, mutual support and social fellowship.
The News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age.
Pew Research Center: Journalism & Media
Our goal is to help both the journalists who produce the news and the citizens who consume it develop a better understanding of what the press is delivering, how the media are changing, and what forces are shaping those changes.
Poynter Online
Prominent institute for media studies and teaching. ‘How-To’s’ include articles, documents, links, news, and discussions of journalism and journalism teaching.
Pulitzer Prize
Honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917.
School Journalism.org
This go-to education site for students and teachers provides hundreds of lesson plans and resources related to journalism, news literacy and civic education.
Society of Professional Journalists
The nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.
Thought.co: Journalism
Use these journalism resources to learn how to write a news story, find news jobs, and keep up with news media watchdogs and critics.
TV Journalist.net: Free Lessons
The lessons here are designed to be practical hands on instructions. Theory has not been given much importance. The idea is to ensure that you can put to action what you are learning.

Public Speaking

10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills
Few are immune to the fear of public speaking. Marjorie North offers 10 tips for speakers to calm the nerves and deliverable memorable orations. From the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.
15 Super Actionable Public Speaking Tips That Will Make You a Better Speaker Today
Tips for giving a speech and keeping your audience engaged.
20 Public Speaking Tips for Students
Public speaking tips for students aim to reduce anxiety that can interfere with giving presentations or speeches in class. These tips can also be helpful for those with social anxiety disorder (SAD) who have difficulty speaking in front of a group or telling a story among friends.
How to Make a Good Speech
Points to keep in mind when presenting a speech.
How to Make a Speech Memorable
What do you remember about the last speech you heard? If you’re like most people, probably not much. In this article we’ll cover how to make your speeches more memorable.
The Public Speakers’ Page
Notes, handouts, and tips pertaining to two courses in public speaking at the University of Hawaii.
Speak & Conquer
Blog and information with public speaking tips and tricks. Includes posts about preparation, delivery, stage fear, and gear for the presenter.
Speeches – The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This handout will help you create an effective speech by establishing the purpose of your speech and making it easily understandable. It will also help you to analyze your audience and keep the audience interested.
Thought.co: The Art of Public Speaking
From business leaders to politicians, many professionals in modern times use public speaking to inform, motivate, or persuade audiences near and far….
Thought.co: Effective Speech Writing
Writing speeches for graduation, class assignments, or other purposes consists of a lot more than finding a few inspirational quotes and possibly a funny story or two…
Thought.co: How to Give an Impromptu Speech
At some point in your life you may be asked to speak without notice. There are a few things you can do to avoid panic and embarrassment.
Toastmasters International: Public Speaking Tips
From the famous organization for public speakers, some tips on the basics of good speechmaking.
WikiHow: Speaking Skills
WikiHow: Speechwriting
Articles on how to write speeches for a variety of purposes such as oral report, persuasive speech, high school election and how to present them well.

Vocabulary

A Word A Day sites (Vocabulary Builders)
BBC: Learning English
Covers words, grammar, and usage. With games and quizzes for review and self-testing.
Common Errors in English
This site explains common mistakes in usage, often-confused words, spelling errors, and things people think are mistakes which aren’t. Also includes nice set of links to other grammar and usage sites.
Commonly Misspelled Words in English
Our spelling book contains a broad collection of the most frequent spelling mistakes we see people make …. Check out a specific letter to see how to spell your word correctly!
Confusing Words and Homonyms
Many words in English sound or look alike, causing confusion and not a few headaches. This section lists some of these words, and other troublemakers.
Confusing Words in English and How to Use Them Correctly
Ginger’s spelling book contains a broad collection of the most frequent word-pairs that people tend to confuse. Browse it by clicking on a specific letter to see how to remember which word is witch…or…which!
Free Rice
Game to build vocabulary and donate food to the hungry at the same time.
Grammar.com: Vocabulary Builder Game
Our Vocabulary Builder game helps you learn new words, improve your vocabulary and explore languages in an easy and fun way!
Knoword
Free online vocabulary game. Requires correct spelling!
High School Vocabulary Tests
Select your level and choose a lesson to see vocabulary words and practice with a number of quizzes and games.
Merriam-Webster: How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?
Take our 10-question quiz to find out — and maybe learn some new words along the way. You can try it as often as you’d like (we have dozens of different versions).
Quizlet
Test yourself on vocabulary words; create your own flash-cards and quizzes.
Vocabulary.com
Online game and materials for learning English vocabulary.
World Wide Words
Archives of nearly 3,000 articles here on aspects of the growth and change of the English language.
A Year’s Worth of Words
The following 366 words (one extra for leap years) are used in the various Vocabulary Quizzes of this guide. They are also purported to be used frequently in Scholastic Aptitude Tests and Graduate Record Exams, and you might want to use this list to help study for those exams.
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