Books on academic and general writing

Books on writing advice vary according to author, audience, level, and purpose. Some of them are designed to assist beginning writers who are looking for basic information and strategies on writing well. Others are more focused on how to strengthen analytical, stylistic, research, and argumentative skills. Interested students should read each book’s description and reviews closely for more detailed information. Find any of these titles at your preferred retailer or library. 

  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • They Say/I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Berkenstein
  • How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul Silvia
  • Clear and Simple as the Truth by Francis-Noel Thomas and Mark Turner
  • Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing by Claire Kerwhald Cook
  • The Sense of Style by Stephen Pinker
  • Strategies for Successful Writing by James Reinking et al.
  • How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda