Useful Resources

Narrative Writing
  1. Creative Writing Masterclass Podcast Series 
  2. When to Show, When to Tell - 
  3. Literary Genre Translations - 
  4. Second Person Narrative - 
  5. Character Helps for Writing - 
  6. Exercises for Fiction Writers - 
  7. 25 insights on becoming a better writer -

Speech Writing
  1. The Greatest Speech Ever Made - 
  2. The Political Speechwriter's Life -
  3. History Repeats Itself in Speeches -
English Grammar
  1. How to Use a Semicolon - 
  2. How to Use an Ellipsis - 
  3. Who, Which, That-or, How Not to Ruin a Sentence - 
  4. Poring over "Pore" and "Pour" - 
  5. Your against You're -
  6. Other words for 'Said' -
  7. Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify your Prose - 
  8. Language is Music -
  9. Ways to Improve Vocabulary -
  10. Tone/Attitude Words -
  11. Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases -
  12. 100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language -
  13. How to use an Apostrophe -
  14. Ten mistakes you need to stop making -
  15. LOL, OMG, ♥ Added To The Oxford English Dictionary -  
  16. Framing Political Messages with Grammar and Metaphor - 

Helpful Links 
  1. Journal Ideas -  
  2. 80 Journal Writing Prompts -  
  3. How to Write a Tribute - 
  4. Format of a Formal Letter - 
  5. Travel Article -  
  6. Essays That Worked -
  7. Town's dialect -
  8. The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect -
  9. Five things about phonics - 
  10. Annals of Linguistics -
  11. What is Love? Famous Definitions -
  12. Monologue: The Servant by Maniza Naqvi -

Criteria Checklist 

For a Magazine Writing Course
Rate each item on a scale from 0 (Poor) to 10 (Great).

_____ 1. The topic is clearly focused, manageable; strongly presented
  in the title, subtitle, and opening; article develops topic without  digressing.

_____ 2. The article has a title that attracts  readers' attention, a subtitle that helps them know what to expect, and  an opening that draws them into the piece.
_____ 3. The article is clearly addressed to a specific magazine and audience.
_____ 4. The type of article (How To, Profile, Travel, etc.) is clear, well-chosen and well carried through.
_____ 5. The article contains correct facts and specific details that  reflect that the author has done the necessary research. Attribution is  handled well and gracefully. _____ 6. The subject is  featurized through effective use of anecdote, narration, quotation,  characterization, description, humor, and emotional writing.
_____ 7. The body of the article is clearly organized to develop the  topic in a natural way, making it easy to follow and recall.
_____ 8. Each paragraph has a controlling idea, solid detail, smooth  transitions. Paragraphs display appropriate methods of development, such  as narration, description, examples, comparison, classification,  process analysis, definition, and persuasion.
_____ 9. The article has a definite and effective ending that satisfies the opening, the subject, and the treatment.
_____ 10. It is well written. It has sentence variety, good word  choice, an appropriate and consistent tone. It is concise, grammatically  correct, told at the right level of formality and technicality and uses  terms consistently. The passive voice is used sparingly and skillfully.
_____ 11. The manuscript is in correct form. Errors have been corrected with proper copyediting marks.


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