Writer Resources

Welcome to our Writer Resources page! We are always creating handouts and exercises, linking useful sites, and gathering other resources for this page. If you have a suggestion for something to include here, please let us know via our Suggestion Box.

Statement on Linguisitic Inclusivity: The University Writing Center welcomes all voices. Though the use of Standard American English (SAE) dominates higher education and workplace environments, we recognize the fluidity and diversity of language across eras, cultures, disciplines, and genres. Therefore, bearing in mind that writing and language proficiency grant access to audiences, we strive to validate individuals’ vernaculars and preserve the agency of all writers to communicate using their own language. (For more information, please see our list of *readings below.)

Handouts and Mini-lessons

Ace a Peer Review

Generate Ideas and Get Words Down

Reviewing the Literature and Developing a Research Question (external)

Read Effectively to Avoid Hassles with Writing (external)

Identify and Question Your Underlying Assumptions

Focus Your Research

Evaluate Your Sources

Develop A Thesis Statement

Consider Your Rhetorical Appeals

Write/Revise Your Introduction

Use Others' Words and Ideas Effectively and Ethically (and Avoid Plagiarism)

Organize Your Essay

Be Concise: Clarity, Verbs, Passive & Active Voice

Identify Clich├ęs

Know Your Clauses and Commas

APA Style: Intro to 7th Edition

APA (7th ed) Quick Sheet

More to come!

*Readings on Linguistic Inclusivity and the teaching of Standard American English (SAE)

Baker Bell, April. “‘We Been Knowin’: Toward Antiracist Language and Literacy Education.” Journal of Language and Literacy Education, vol. 16, no. 1, Spring 2020, pp. 1-12.

Delpit, Lisa. “Language Diversity and Learning.” Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. The New Press, 2006.

Disrud, Rebecca. “Do Students Think We Should Continue to Teach Standard English?” Presentation at the Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Conference, April 18, 2021,

Fish, Stanley. “What Should Colleges Teach?” NYTimes Opinionator, Aug. 24, 2009.

Greenfield, Laura. “The ‘Standard English’ Fairy Tale: A Rhetorical Analysis of Racist Pedagogies and Commonplace Assumptions about Language Diversity.” Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, Utah State UP, 2011, pp. 33-60.

Jenkins, Rob. "We Must Help Students Master Standard English." The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2018.

Matsuda, Paul Kei. “The Myth of Linguistic Homogeneity in U.S. College Composition.” College English, vol. 68, no. 6, 2006, pp. 637-651.

Myers, Sharon A. “Reassessing the ‘Proofreading Trap’: ESL Tutoring and Writing Instruction.” Writing Center Journal, vol. 24, no. 1, 2003, pp. 51-70.

Williams, James. “Grammar and Writing.” Preparing to Teach Writing: Research, Theory, and Practice (3rd ed.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 2003.

Young, Vershawn. “Should Writers Use They Own English?” Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, Utah State UP, 2001, pp. 61-72.