Writing Handouts

The Center for Writing and Speaking offers a wide variety of handouts to provide “quick tips” on topics in writing, speaking, and tutoring. These handouts have been developed by the CWS staff through the years and with consultation from faculty and are revised annually.
You are welcome to link our handouts to your syllabus or to make copies for educational use. Please give us credit for the handouts. The handouts are the property of the Center for Writing and Speaking at Agnes Scott College.

W1: Conclusions: End With a Bang, Not a Whimper

W2: Research Papers

W3: Evaluating Internet Sources

W4: Making it Perfect: Revising Your Draft

W5: Sentence Variety: Part One

W6: Sentence Variety: Part Two

W7: Topic Development: Writing the Trip of your Dreams

W8: The Annotated Bibliography

W9: Beating the Clock: Writing Timed Essays

W10: The Inverted Pyramid: A Model for Effective Introductions

W11: Organizing Your Paper: A Few Choice Words

W12: Outlining: Before and After You Write

W13: Summary Versus Analysis

W14: Biology Lab Reports

W15: Journal Writing: A Process of Reaction

W16: Quotable Quotes: Effective Quoting in the Humanities

W17: The Semicolon

W18: The Colon

W19: In Your Own Words: Avoiding Plagiarism

W20: Seven Days to a Good Paper

W21: A Guide to Creative Writing

W22: Reading Between the Rhyme: Writing About Poetry

W23: The Final Touches: Revising Prose

W24: Writing a Chemistry Lab Report

W25: What is a Thesis Statement?

W26: How to Write a Thesis Statement

W27: How to Write a Literature Review

W28: Using Commas: A Writer’s Guide to Those Impossible Rules

W29: Using Commas (2): A Writer’s Guide to More of Those Impossible Rules

W30: Writing Reviews in the Visual and Performing Arts

W31: Writing in Philosophy

W32: Getting Past Writer’s Block

W33: Writing Compare/Contrast Papers

W34: Writing in Math is Integral

W35: A Guide to Writing Think Pieces, Reflection Papers, and Reaction Papers

W36: Writing About Film

W37: Writing Graduate School Application Essays

W38: Netiquette: A Style Guide for Emails

W39: Writing Effective Position Papers

W40: Clarity Clarified

W41: Subject-Verb Agreement 1: Finding the Subject

W42: Subject-Verb Agreement 2: The Rules

W43: How to Cite Online Sources

W44: Peer Editing 101

W45: Writing Feature Stories

W46: Writing News Stories

W47: Writing Editorials

W48: Prep Points for Writing Interviews

W49: Feeling Comfortable with Verb Tenses

W50: Describing Art: Writing a Formal Analysis

W51: Close Reading Across the Disciplines

W52: Historiographic Essays

W53: Writing in Sociology and Anthropology

W54: Developing Ideas: Moves Writers Make

W55: Writing the Academic Statement of Purpose

W56: Writing in Economics

W57: How to Ask Faculty for Letters of Recommendation

W58: Cover Letters that Get Results

W59: Resumes

W60: Citation 101

W61: Scope: Narrowing Your Focus

W62: How to Read Critically

W63: Blog Writing

W64: Transitioning to College Writing

W65: Preparing to Write a Personal Statement

W66: Philosophy Activity Sheet



Cover Letter Writing Guide

Resume/CV Writing Guide