ESL Web Directory

Writing Skills



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Formal Letter Writing

Formal letter writing rules including outlines for cover letters and letters of enquiry, and abbreviations used in letters.

(un)Enlightened English

(un)Enlightened English is a site created to teach various mechanics of writing while instilling humor and accessibility to the subject. Subjects can range from syntactical and grammatical structure, to facebook and forum posts. We write every day–we text, go to school, type business letters etc.–and this site will explore the various methods of writing and the social, linguistic, and emotional processes that can go along with them. Kelly, the creator of (un)Enlightened English, is a recent college graduate who not only has a passion for writing, but a passion for helping others learn. As a tutor in her Alma Mater’s Writing Center, Kelly has tutored students of all backgrounds–from English majors to English as Second Language (ESL) students.

Action Verbs

Listing of critical action verbs organized by skills. Action verbs describe key job-seeker skills and accomplishments and make employers take notice.

Apostrophe Protection Society

The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards, now its Chairman, with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.

Correct Punctuation

This web site is intended as a brief guide to English punctuation. The site isn't meant to be a comprehensive discussion of the history and future of punctuation marks or even a detailed study of correct punctuation as it's used (and abused) today. It's only here to offer a quick guide to the basics.

David Appleyard's Guide to Writing with Precision

English punctuation calmingly demystified

English Writing Online

An interactive website for English language learners - interactive units and programs covering English grammar, writing, reading, listening, vocabulary, model paragraphs and essays. Includes online teachers, chat rooms, forums, opinion polls and feedback. Lots of interactive activities, quizzes, exercises and games.


English and English Literature revision, coursework and exam guides for the UK.


Writing Courses, Free Conversational Grammar Lessons, Business Academic Technical and Resume Writing

Essay Info :: Essay Writing Center

Essay Info is for anyone who wants to write better, whether your aim is to get a better grade at school for your essay or to enjoy the writing process. It is intended mainly for college students but also can be useful for all of you in learning to write more clearly, gracefully, and efficiently. Includes academic writing, resume and cover letter writing, and making a presentation in class or at work.

Essay, I Say

The articles on this site are intended to help everyone who must write essays, whether to fulfill school assignments, or just to satisfy their own urge to write.

I write Like

Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.

Informational Essays

A selection of students' writing, part of an ESL Web Site for Students and Teachers

Kids' Writing

Lots of kids writing materials and resources. Over 400 pages of learning English.

LEO: The Write Place

Masses of help on all aspects of writing including getting started, organisation skills, writing for school, research papers, writing in a business or technical setting, writing to get a job and grammar help.

Letter Expert

This unique reference point on writing letters has letter templates to help you write letters easily and gives you help and advice on writing.

My English Teacher

We have free English lessons, free lesson plans and can correct your essays, reports, compositions, writing, resumes and cover letters.

National Punctuation Day

A celebration of the importance of proper punctuation.

Phony Pearls of Fictitious Wisdom

These "pearls" are mainly hints on writing fiction and light verse, with examples of each (including one story in English that was dramatized in Spanish).

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Help for learning and writing English. We have many different materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises. You can also get printer-friendly and Adobe PDF versions of these handouts and exercises in our printer-friendly handouts section. You can also get a printer friendly web page or PDF version of each handout or exercise by clicking the links on each page. Over 60 other handouts and exercises concerning grammar are also available in our grammar handouts section.

The Writing Journey

Creative writing discovery workshops for emotional healing, physical well-being, personal development and self growth. Release and expand your personal and creative potential through writing.

Time 4 Writing

Online Elementary, Middle and High School Writing Courses. 8 Week Teacher-Led Sentence, Paragraph and Essay Courses

Write Group Limited

New Zealand's plain English writing specialists

You know what it's like, don't you? You sit down at your desk to write something, and you know exactly what you want to say, but somewhere, on the journey from the brain to the page, the message gets lost ...
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