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Two Books on Writing Every Student Should Own

Learning to write well requires practice, patience, and regular editorial feedback. It is a process that is never perfected, and I am certainly no expert. So, when students ask me how they can improve their writing, I point them toward two books on the subject that I always keep nearby. The first is The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White (who wrote Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little). The second is On Writing Well by William K. Zinsser. These texts are classics, surprisingly entertaining to read, and a bargain. They each are about nine dollars on Amazon. If you are a college student (science majors included), do yourself, your professors, and your future employers a favor. Pick up copies of these books. It will be money well spent. Follow the links below to Amazon and add them to your cart or wish list.

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