Writing Links

Grammar Girl, channeled by Mignon Fogarty (B.A. in English, M.S. in Biology, and the founder  of “Quick and Dirty Tips”) provides accessible and sensible discussions of grammatical questions common and esoteric. Avail yourself of her wisdom next time you’re wondering about affect vs. effect or where to put that comma:
Grammar Girl
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

Field’s End, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, offers writing classes, roundtables, and conferences. Their website also has a lovely list resources for writers:
http://www.fieldsend.org/writing-resources.aspx

The University of Ottawa offers a free grammar and writing course, Hypergrammar and, under Resources, links to a number of reference works, texts, and other writing centers:
University of Ottawa Writing Centre

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Center) is another rich resource for writers. There is an extremely generous section for Professional Writers and another for non-Purdue Instructors and Students. Purdue’s OWL is bookmark-worthy site for writers ay any level of experience:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu

Oxford, of course, gave us the greatest dictionary of all time. Here’s the link to their world of resources:
http://oxforddictionaries.com

(Two books that illuminate the OED in very different ways:
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea is the hysterical and intimate narrative of one person’s year reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary. If you’ve ever been tempted to wander through the pages of the OED but hesitated, this book will lead into embracing that temptation.
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester tells the almost unbelievable story of the relationship between James Murray, the head of the committee overseeing the OED, and W. C. Minor, an American whose startling history comes to light in parallel with the emergence of the grandest lexicon ever compiled.)

While Oxford will always be first in my heart, I do sometimes stray over to Reference.com, especially for the Thesaurus:
http://www.reference.com