Guides from Our Center

Below, you’ll find guides we’ve created for working independently on a range of writing skills. Some come from our workshops, while others were developed for our Writing Consultants to use in one-to-one sessions.

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English Language Acquisition:

A Short Guide for Practicing English Productively
Translanguaging Strategies

Business Writing:

Case Analyses

Annotated Model Case Analysis
Useful Language for Writing Case Analyses

Cover Letters

Model Cover Letter – Front Desk Position
Model Cover Letter and Resume – Audit Intern Position
Responding to a Job Ad
Sentence Structures Used in Cover Letters

Analysis & Argument:

Analyzing Images

Model Visual Analysis

Thesis Statements

Useful Language for Thesis Statements


Comparing and Contrasting Strategies

Choosing Research Topics

Strategies for Narrowing a Research Topic
Identifying a Research Question with Significance

Using Sources:

Language to Introduce Citations
When to Use Summary, Paraphrase, or Quotation
MLA Style Guide
APA Style Guide
Chicago Style Guide

Grammar & Sentence-Level Clarity:

Article Use in Context
Tense Use in Context

Understanding Assignments:

Verbs and Associated Writing Tasks
Understanding Assignment Instructions

The Writing Process:

Brainstorming Strategies
Outlining Strategies
Strategies for Radical Revision
Strategies for Sentence-Level Revision

Personal Statements:

Prewriting for Personal Statements

Structure & Organization:

Transition Words in Context