Friday Finds: Online Resources for Office Writing

Today, I get the chance to return to the classroom. Sort of.

At the day job, a colleague and I–both of whom have writing-intensive positions at our office–have been asked to lead a presentation for some of our co-workers. The subject: writing at/for work.

Between the questions that my co-presenter and I have already received from the participants, and a case study we’ve chosen (an example of an e-mail you would NOT want to send), I think we’re all going to have a good time today. (Plus, there will be food! Yes, I am getting a free lunch today!)

We’ll also share and discuss resources for further consultation. Several of these are online resources, and you’ll notice that some already appear right here on the Practicing Writing sidebar. But they bear re-presentation:

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) ( Consult the site map for a detailed list of subtopics. A section on “Workplace Writing” is especially helpful ( For instance, this section includes a full subsection on Memos (
  • University writing program sites (e.g., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
  • Ask the Editor (
  • After Deadline (
  • Anything else you might recommend? Please do share!

    See you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend!