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Writing Help: Overview

Writing Center Services

Whether you are working on presenting your ideas in an academic voice or learning the finer points of APA style, the Walden Writing Center is here to help you achieve your writing goals. We offer:

We also offer a number of other services, and you can find out more about them by using the links in the left column.

You can also e-mail us questions at any time at

If you have writing or APA questions about the proposal or final doctoral study, contact

Additional Writing Help at the Academic Skills Center

In addition to the services the Writing Center provides at this website, you can also find more help for your writing at the Academic Skills Center.

Writing Courses

The Academic Skills Center provides writing courses and workshops on a variety of topics. Some examples of available writing classes are:

  • A Practical Course in APA Style
  • Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Logic
  • Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
  • Effective Assignment Strategies
  • Effective Essay Strategies
  • Writing a Literature Review


You can also find the Academic Skills Center's Turnitin dropboxes at the website.

Microsoft Word

The Academic Skills Center also hosts some basic video tutorials and help pages on using Microsoft Word, including information on track changes, style tags and automated table of contents, and formatting tools.

Suggestions for Further Reading

In addition to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Walden Writing Center website, we recommend these texts, organized below according to theme. Find them at your public library, a local bookstore, or an online retailer.


Grammar and Word Usage

Bryson, B. (2004). Bryson’s dictionary of troublesome words. New York, NY: Broadway Books.

Gordon, K. E. (1993). The deluxe transitive vampire: The ultimate handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager and the doomed. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

O’Conner, P. T. (2003). Woe is I: The grammarphobe’s guide to better English in plain English. New York, NY: Riverhead Books. 



Gordon, K. E. (2003). The new well-tempered sentence: A punctuation handbook for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed. New York, NY: Mariner Books.

Lederer, R., & Shore, J. (2005). Comma sense: A fun-damental guide to punctuation. New York, NY: St. Martin’s.

Truss, L. (2006). Eats, shoots and leaves: The zero tolerance approach to punctuation. New York, NY: Gotham Books.



Strunk, W. Jr., & White, E. B. (1999). The elements of style (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Allyn & Bacon.

Williams, J. M., & Colomb, G. G. (2010). Style: The basics of clarity and grace (4th ed.). New York, NY: Longman.

Zinsser, W. (2006). On writing well (7th ed.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.


The Writing Life

Goldberg, N. (2005). Writing down the bones: Freeing the writer within. Boston, MA: Shambhala. 

King, S. (2000). On writing: A memoir of the craft. New York, NY: Scribner.

Lamott, A. (1995). Bird by bird: Some instructions on writing and life. New York, NY: Anchor Books.

Ueland, B. (2007). If you want to write: A book about art, independence, and spirit. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf.


Writing and Thinking

Turner, M. (1998). The literary mind: The origins of thought and language. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Social Change Writing

Dunlap, L. (2007). Undoing the silence: Six tools for social change writing. New York, NY: New Village Press.

The Freedom Writers. (1999). The Freedom Writers diary. New York, NY: Broadway Books.

Pipher, M. (2007). Writing to change the world. New York, NY: Riverhead.


Thesis, Dissertation, and Doctoral Study Writing

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008) The craft of research (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Clark, I. L. (2006). Writing the successful thesis and dissertation: Entering the conversation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Krathwohl, D. R., & Smith, N. L. (2005). How to prepare a dissertation proposal: Suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Thomas, G. (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.