College can be a challenge to all. What can be most challenging to many, is writing an essay. Even though your major may be in something not related to the craft of writing, you can guarantee there WILL be a class that requires you to write some kind of article or essay. Don’t panic – because there are many sites you can go to for help, but I’ll introduce you to one that is easy to use and helped me hone my writing skills throughout my college years.
Say hello to the OWL.
This free online writing lab, courtesy of Purdue University, covers everything from Research and Citation, Creative Writing and even Job Search Writing.
With very helpful tips when writing a research paper, the OWL covers the process step by step. Starting with various sources to use while conducting your research that includes newspaper, interviews, and journals, it goes into detail about scouring archives accurately and using the proper sources from the Internet. Citing your work can be a tedious task, but the OWL has a list of how to correctly cite your source with all the newest forms of technology available. Not all teachers prefer the same essay format, so the OWL covers 3 specific styles of writing: APA, MLA and Chicago Manual.
If you need help with Creative Writing, the OWL goes into many aspects of that as well. Under Fiction Writing Basics – plot, character development, theme, conflict, and point-of-view are covered, and they provide sample sheets to practice as well. Many aspects of poetry are explored from aural to visual. The Non-Fiction section delves into writing memoirs, the braided essay, and topical writing.
If you need help while searching for a job, the Job Search Writing category can come in handy if you can’t get help with the unemployment office. It coaches you how to prepare an application, write thank you and follow up letters, create effective résumés and Curriculum Vitae, and how to prep for a video résumé.
The OWL has so much more to offer anyone who wants to learn or improve their writing. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a journalist or a freelance writer, there is something on the site to help further your writing skills. Take advantage of this free resource and feel free to share any other sites that have helped you with your writing.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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