Writing Resources for Master’s Projects

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Working on your second draft and can't quite get the story to flow? Trying to tighten up your writing, or hammer out some grammatical details? These resources have you covered!

(Call numbers are in bold below. All books are located in the Journalism Library or online.)

Feature Writing

  • Feature and magazine writing, by David Sumner (2013): online
  • Feature writing: telling the story, by Stephen L. Tanner (2012): Journalism PN4784.F37 T36 2012g
  • Professional feature writing, by Bruce Garrison (2010): Journalism PN4784.F37 G37 2010 or online
  • Feature writing: a practical introduction, by Susan Pape (2006): online
  • Writing feature articles, by Brendan Hennessey (2005): online
  • The art and craft of feature writing: based on the Wall Street Journal guide (1988): Journalism PN4784.F37 B58 1988

Grammar & Style

  • AP Stylebook: online
  • The elements of style, by William Strunk (1999 edition): Journalism Reference PE1408 .S772 2000 or online
  • Grammar Girl's quick and dirty tips for better writing, by Mignon Fogarty (2008): Journalism PE1112 .F613 2008
  • The only grammar & style workbook you'll ever need, by Susan Thurman (2012): Journalism PE1408 .T48 2012g

Inspiration & Essays by Writers

  • Writing creative nonfiction: instruction and insights from the teachers of the Associated Writing Programs (2001): Journalism PE1404 .W697 2001
  • Writing creative nonfiction: the literature of reality (1996): Journalism PN3377.5.R45 T35 1996

Special Kinds of Writing

  • The Chicago guide to writing about numbers, by Jane E. Miller (2004): Journalism T11 .M485 2004 
  • A field guide for science writers (2006): Journalism T11 .F52 2006

Basic Reporting & Writing Guides

  • The practice of journalism: a guide to reporting and writing the news, by Bruce Porter (1988): Journalism PN4781 .P59 1988
  • Melvin Mencher's news reporting and writing (2011): Journalism PN4781 .M4 2011