The Writing Center maintains a group of resources for writers who wish to work independently on writing tasks and for instructors who would like to use Writing Center workshops in their classes. All resources are available for classroom or individual use. Contact the Writing Center with questions about any of our resources.
- Don't see a resource on a topic you are looking for? Send us an email to let us know! We are always adding new resources for MTSU writers.
Use the list below to help you find the resources you need. You can work through these handouts independently or with a Writing Consultant.
Take me to resources for...
- Getting started
- Putting my ideas together/Drafting
- Using research and citing sources
- Revising and editing my writing
- Putting the finishing touches on my project
Or scroll down to browse our complete list of handouts and writing workshops.
- Brainstorming Techniques. Use a variety of brainstorming techniques to get your great ideas down on paper.
- Creating a Thesis Statement. (Coming soon!)
- Composing a Speech. (Coming soon!)
- Visual Project Organizer (PDF). This is a great tool for brainstorming. Try combining this handout with the listing method (see the "Brainstorming Techniques" handout) or use it to keep up with all of your ideas.
- Brainstorming Techniques. Writer's block? Try a new brainstorming technique.
- The Art of the Introduction. Use this handout to help you brainstorm and write engaging introductions for your essays or writing projects.
- Crafting an Effective Conclusion. Create an effective and impactful conclusion using some of the strategies that we use in the Writing Center.
- Transitions in Writing and Speaking. Ease the flow from topic to topic with this helpful handout.
- Creating Topic Sentences. Topic sentences help make the organization of your document clearer to readers. Use this handout to help you learn about and/or review topic sentences in your work.
- Writing Responsibly (Independent Workshop). How do we use research ethically and responsibly? This workshop is designed to help writers learn the basic principles behind research, academic writing, citation, and entering the scholarly conversation.
- Citing Sources (Independent Workshop). This workshop covers basic approaches to citing sources in a research paper or project. Optional activity for writers who already have a complete draft.
- Close Reading Strategies. Close reading strategies can help you read texts more deeply and increase reading comprehension.
- Paraphrasing and Summarizing Sources. (Coming soon!)
- MLA Quick Guide. Understand why and when MLA citation style is used. See basic formatting for in-text citations and works cited pages.
- APA Quick Guide. Understand why and when APA citation style is used. See basic formatting for in-text citations and references pages.
- Chicago Quick Guide. Understand why and when Chicago citation style is used. See basic formatting for in-text citations and bibliography pages.
- Brainstorming Techniques. Brainstorming can happen throughout the writing process! Don't be afraid to return to these techniques if you get stuck during revision.
- Revising for Organization (Independent Workshop). This workshop can be completed independently or with a peer and provides revision strategies to tackle organization and other higher-order concerns.
- Revising a Draft for Language, Tone, and Sentence Structure (Independent Workshop).
- Proofreading Strategies. Catch those pesky grammatical and typographical errors with this guide.