Web Sites on Writing about Literature

http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/

U of T's web site on writing. Contains over 60 files giving advice on writing essays. Also contains lots of information about courses and sources of extra help on writing.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

An index to what is probably the most extensive web site on writing: The Purdue University writing web site.

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/litweb10/writing/welcome.aspx

This very complete guide to writing about literature is provided by the Norton publishing house. In-depth discussions about documentation; critical approaches; writing about the genres; and the stages of writing.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/618/01/

Purdue University's pages on writing about literature. Includes a discussion of what makes a good topic and what makes a good thesis statement.

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-fiction/

The University of North Carolina's page on writing about literature. Provides an eight-step guide to writing about fiction.

http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/literaturepaper/

A concise set of guidelines from the University of Illinois emphasizing the importance of avoiding vague assertions.

http://virgil.org/dswo/courses/poetry/poetry-paper-guidelines.htm

A series of tips on writing about poetry that encourages you to think more deeply about how local effects serve the overall meaning of the poem.

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/QuoLiterature.html

A web site specifically on integrating quotations into your essays.

Written by Jerry Plotnick, Director, University College Writing Centre