Writing Reference Sites to Make You a More Effective Writer

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Even the best writers have questions from time to time, which is why it's good to have a list of places you can turn to for help and advice. This list of writing references sites will work for journalists, fiction writers, resume writers, essay writers and nearly every other type of wordsmith imaginable.
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General Reference

These general reference sites will help you boost your knowledge of grammar and the standards of written English. You'll also find dictionaries, information about publishing law and other useful tools to help you find the right words to get your point across.

Essay Writing

Whether you need to write an admissions essay or simply enjoy writing essays for fun, getting a few new tips every now and then is sure to make you a better writer. The following websites focus on the construction of essays and offer informative essay samples to help you get started.

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Resume Writing

It's the same story for high-paid professionals and humble interns: a good resume is a must. Learn what it takes to write a standout resume from these three websites.

Journalism

If you want to get some journalism training, stay on top of the news, connect with other journalists or find jobs, these three reference sites are for you.

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Fiction Writing

Fiction writing is a special craft that requires a unique perspective and set of skills. You can learn about the basics of fiction writing, hone your skills, share ideas, get critiques and much more with these websites dedicated to fiction writing.

Poetry

Read it. Write it. Learn everything there is to know about poetry with this interesting collection of poetry reference sites.

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Technical Writing

If you want to be a technical writer or edit for a technical writer, you'll want to bookmark these sites today. Each has unique resources for technical writers - among the best-paid of all writing professionals.

Web Writing

Writing for the web is a lot like writing for print, but there are some important differences. These web writing reference sites explore these differences and offer helpful tips on creating effective online content.

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
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    2. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
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    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
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    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
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    5. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing
      • MA in English
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Nonfiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
      • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting
      • BA in Creative Writing - Poetry
      • BA in Creative Writing - Fiction Writing
      • BA Communications w/conc in New Media
      • BA in Creative Writing & English
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    6. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Wilson Reading System Certification
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    7. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
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    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
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    9. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS Human Communications
      • B.S. General Studies - Communication
      • B.S. Communications
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Communications
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Communications
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    10. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA/English

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
  • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
  • BS - Media Communications (Campus)

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
  • MA in English and Creative Writing
  • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
  • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting

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Saint Joseph's University

  • Wilson Reading System Certification

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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