Reading about Writing

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor. 1995. A delightful, highly readable book on writing. You will feel encouraged, amused, and inspired to get going.

Patricia T. O'Conner. Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing. Harcourt Brace, 1999. Good advice about writing is rarely fun to read. You may also want to read her book on grammar: Woe Is I : The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.. A huge collection of handouts that you may use freely, provided that you credit the source.

William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, Charles Osgood, Roger Angell The Elements of Style, 4th edition (January 15, 2000) Allyn & Bacon.  Prescriptive advice that many writers follow. 

Williams, Joseph. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Addison-Wesley. 6th edition, 1999.
Tough but wonderful. A worthwhile addition to your personal library, but be prepared to work hard on the exercises.  The ideas on flow and cohesion are excellent.

William Knowlton Zinsser. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction 6th edition (April 1998).  Harper. A fine book. His preferences are writing that is clear, simple, brief, and has humanity.