Exercises and Reference Sheets

Online Writing Help (By Topic)

A goal of the Ferris Writing Center is to help students to help themselves. One of the ways we can do this is by providing links to the following online exercise and information materials.

The following materials are grouped by subject.


  • Getting Started: planning, prewriting, outlining, brainstorming, writer's block, and other subjects that writers encounter when beginning an assignment.
  • Punctuation: commas, apostrophes, semicolons, quotation marks, and related materials.
  • Usage: how to use words correctly and make your writing clear and logical. It includes tense, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and spelling.
  • Sentence Structure: comma splices, run-ons, fused sentences, and parallelism.
  • Using Sources: quotations, plagiarism, citations, bibliographies, and research papers.
  • Proofreading and Revision: finding and correcting typos and eliminating excess words.
  • "Real World": writing including application letters, resumes, and business memos.

Getting Started



Sentence Structure

Proofreading and Revision

Using Sources

The "Real World"