Grammar, Speaking, & Writing


Creative Writing

Advice to Writers
Each day a quotation from famous writers about the art of writing.
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.
The Crafty Writer’s Creative Writing Course
This eight-session online creative writing course … will give you an introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, from prose fiction to poetry. The course is entirely free and you can work through it at your own pace.
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!
Forward Motion for Writers
Articles, FAQ sheets, and a free ebook from author Holly Lisle.
John Steinbeck and Advice for Beginning Writers
A short letter from John Steinbeck.
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 Tips and Advice
You can learn a lot about writing from other writers. Read what some of the greats said, and learn how to revise and edit like a pro.
Underlined
A community for authors, sponsored by Penguin Random House publishers.
Write Alive! (video)
A series of short videos from a professional author discussing the writing process.
Writer Advice
WriterAdvice not only promotes authors through its interviews but also publishes both experienced and emerging writers, showcasing fresh ideas and high quality writing.
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

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.
ACT Debating Union – Resources
Debating guides and links to ‘useful publications’ from a college debating team.
Critical Thinking Web
Over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills.
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.
Guide to Parliamentary Debate
A description of a typical tournament from the American Parliamentary Debate Association.
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: Debate Topics
The 50+ main debate topics at ProCon.org are listed below along with their respective core questions. Topics normally consist of pro/con questions, arguments, quotes from experts, historical backgrounds, readers’ comments, videos, photos, and more.
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.
ESL Resource Center
Free lessons and practice with reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and other related topics.
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.
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.
Questia’s 9-Step Wriring Guide
Questia’s 9-step writing guide can help keep you focused and guide you down the path to a successful research paper.
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
Over 50 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.
Annenberg Learner: News Writing
A video instructional series on writing and reporting for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 15 half-hour video programs and coordinated books.
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.com
Includes articles such as Copywriting 101 and Six Common Punctuation Errors That Bedevil Bloggers.
CyberJournalist.net
CyberJournalist.net is a news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media. The site offers tips, news and commentary about online journalism, citizen’s media, digital storytelling, converged news operations and using the Internet as a reporting tool.
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 discusses the techniques and ethics of journalism. (2006)
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: 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.
Tips for Better Web Journalism
U.T. journalism professor Jim Stovall has an interesting and informative series of blog posts about online journalism that may also be of interest to bloggers.
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

15 Super Actionable Public Speaking Tips That Will Make You a Better Speaker Today
Tips for giving a speech and keeping your audience engaged.
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.
Speeches
From The Writing Center at UNC, 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.
SpeechTips.com
Your free guide to speech writing and public speaking for eulogies, graduations, best man, father of the bride and any other public speaking engagement.
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: Speechwriting
WikiHow: Speaking
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.
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 Vocabulary Quiz
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.
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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