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Writing

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The Writing pages provide information about several writing techniques from formal [essays] through creative writing to specialised forms such as newspapers and includes assistance with Spelling and Punctuation skills, both strongly linked to effective communication through the written word. Included are several accepted Citation methods for use of quotations within written works.

This page looks at creative writing techniques, essay writing, other specialised writing tasks, general advice and resources to assist in developing these skills.

Poetry Writing is found on the Poetry page.

For Writing Competition links, go to the Competitions & Challenges page.

Writing

Introduction to the Writing Process

Creative Writing

Essay, Thesis, Dissertation Writing Resources

  • A Guide to Writing for College
    Veritas Prep. ‘Follow these resources to improve your writing skills’. Annotated links to a range of information covering multiple section including the process, prewriting, thesis writing, revision, research papers, online writing lab, grammar and mechanics.
  • Academic Writing
    A range of short videos ranging from writing a paragraph through to dissertation writing help.
  • A Guide to Writing Research Papers
    There is also an article for writing using the MLA style, entitled MLA Style Research Papers

Analysing The Question/Topic

Essay writing is difficult enough to do well, but it is even worse if you are not actually responding to the question or topic which is the basis of the essay. These links will help you develop the required skills.

  • Analysing An Essay Question
    Australian National University.
  • Analysing Essay Questions
    Queensland University of Technology. ‘Demonstrates how to break down an assignment question using directive words, limiting words and key concepts’. Video. You might also like to check their Writing an essay section which links to this concept.
  • Analysing Questions
    University of Southern Queensland. Other support available from the menu on the left.
  • Analysing The Topic
    University of New England. Information, Fact Sheet [PDF], quiz and more. Access related information from the main menu.
  • Answering Assignment Questions
    ‘In order to decide how to answer an essay question, you need to identify what the question requires in terms of content and genre. This guide outlines some methods to help you analyse essay questions’. UNSW.
  • Interpreting The Assignment Question
    Massey University, New Zealand. Similar information from another country. Their other Assignment Planning information is accessed from the main menu.
  • Question Analysis
    ‘When you are set a writing task, you are expected to answer the set question. The most common complaint from lecturers is that students don’t answer the question or only answer part of it’. UNE workshop that is part of their larger Academic essays section.
  • Basic Prose Style and Mechanics
  • Easy Essay
    ‘A free, 5 minute, automated information organisation program. Useful for students from Sp Ed [ADHD, dyslexia, TBI, mainstreaming] to college classes, homeschoolers, as well as parents, teachers, businesspeople [memos, reports, speeches, recommendations]; anyone who can use help in organising their thoughts. The Program is limited only by the capacity of the user’. Demos, sample, tutorial, more.
  • Essay Writing Guide
    This takes you through all the important steps needed to complete a quality essay. Read it online or download it.
  • Essay Writing Skills
    ‘This section will help you figure out what your essay question is really asking, and then break the question down into easy tasks’. State Library of Victoria.
  • Glossary Of Essay Writing Terms
    An extensive, alphabetical listing of essay writing terms from “AMA Style” to “Vantage Point”, each with short explanations.
  • Learning Resources [University of Tasmania]
    Contains multiple annotated links to a range of resources from here and other universities.
  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
    Multiple sections, some of which are are included in other parts of the Writing pages, e.g. Punctuation.
  • The Elements of Style
  • Writing Essays
    ‘Here, we cover the process of essay writing, from planning and drafting, to editing and proofreading’. James Cook University.
  • Writing Resources : Academic Skills
    12 documents available to download, ranging from Academic Style to Writing Successful Essays. University of Melbourne.

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Other Advice

  • Composition
    ‘Handouts are broken into two categories : Essay Writing and Research Paper Writing’. Each has handouts covering specific topics.
  • How to Improve Your Writing Skills
    ‘Writing Help, Better Writing Basics, Consume the Written Word Voraciously, Write Voluminously, Crafting a Story’.
  • Literature
    ‘Writing about Literature ? Then the following handouts can help you’. Allegory to Tone & Style.
  • One Word
    Take one word, generate a free flow of writing which can be edited later. You have 60 seconds and are urged not to be trite. Interesting.
  • Online Technical Writing Textbook
    General introduction. Information on all aspects; examples and models to show how it’s done.
  • Writers on Writing
    ABC series. Worthwhile for what great writers said. Now only available for sale from the ABC.
  • Writing Skills [Infoplease]
    ‘Good writing skills are essential for effective communication. Learning to write well takes time and practice. Be sure to leave yourself enough time for all of these steps’.

Resources

  • BSU Writing Centre
    A range of resources from Boise State University directed at tertiary students.
  • PoeWar
    Writer’s Resource Centre. Articles, archive, more. Articles about developing novels at time of update.
  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab [OWL]
    To assist people in Grades 7 and higher [including tertiary], this lab provides advice and support for different aspects of writing. Several main areas include :
  • Academic Writing
    ‘These OWL resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college. The OWL resources range from rhetorical approaches for writing, to document organisation, to sentence level work, such as clarity’.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Creative Writing
    Multiple sections.
  • Developing an Outline
    ‘Describes why outlines are useful, what types of outlines exist, suggestions for developing effective outlines, how outlines can be used as an invention strategy for writing’.
  • Eliminating Words
    ‘This resource will help you write clearly by eliminating unnecessary words and rearranging your phrases’.
  • Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students
    ‘This page provides resources for grades 7-12 instructors and students’.
  • Grammar and Spelling
    ‘Handouts, exercises on grammar and spelling’.
  • The Writing Process
    ‘While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organising, and revising’.
  • Writing Task Resource List
    ‘This resource will help you find OWL material for the many different kinds of writing tasks you may face in school and in the workplace’.

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Scriptwriting

  • How to Write a Screenplay
    ‘Learning how to write a screenplay involves many facets but I hope this basic information will give you a head start’.
  • How to Write a Script [wikiHow]
    ‘Learning Scripting Conventions, Developing Your Story, Improving Your Script, Engaging Your Audience, Finalising Your Script’.

Software for Scriptwriting

  • Celtx
  • ScriptBuddy
  • Trelby
    ‘A free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program ! Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable’.
  • Skillswise - Writing
    BBC. Use sections on paragraphs, planning your writing, My Story, proofreading, format & structure and Raw Words : Story Writing.
  • Tips-O-Matic
    ‘Let WritingDEN’s Tips-O-Matic help you write better documents. Look up grammar rules, helper words, and other writing tips by selecting a heading : Sentences, Paragraphs and Essays’.
  • Winning Writers
    ‘Winning Writers encourages you to visit the following sites, chosen for their quality, respect for talent, and usefulness. Includes places to share your work and get feedback’.
  • Writing
    ‘Expository, Persuasive, Descriptive, Narrative, Creative - free presentations in PowerPoint format, interactive activities’.
  • Writing.Com
    ‘Online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels’
  • WritingFix
    ‘Teachers sharing their best ideas for writing. Quality writing lessons strategically designed to “fix” reluctant writers and hesitant teachers’.
  • Writing Help
    Oxford Dictionaries. ‘This section gives guidelines on writing in everyday situations’.
  • Writing Lesson Plans
    Links to various writing plans.
  • Writing-Portal.com
    26 directories of links to information on topics ranging from Author pages to Young Writers and including some such as Fiction, Screenwriting, Poetry, Creative Writing, more.

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Special Writing Tasks

Web Writing

  • Writing a Book Report
    Step by step presentation from for primary level students. Use this page for secondary students.
  • Writing a Poem
    ‘There are several things that one must consider while wondering how to write poetry. Here is a list of things to think about that, hopefully, will make the process easier for you’. From Buzzle.

Newspapers

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