Writing Resources

Economical Writing by Deirdre McCloskey

There are many good sources on writing. In my classes I often assign:

Deirdre McCloskey, Economical Writing. Waveland Press, 2nd edition, 1999.

Available online is a 1986 article from Economic Inquiry that was evidently the starting point of the book, along with a more recent "executive summary" in the Eastern Economic Journal.

Style by Joseph M. Williams

I also recommend:

Joseph M. Williams, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace. Third Edition, Longman, 2008.

Brad DeLong calls this "the only truly useful book on English prose style that I have ever found."

Picture of Nick Shunda

When he was a Ph.D. student at UConn, Nick Shunda, now at the University of Redlands, worked with the UConn Writing Center and put together a series of workshops on writing in economics. Available here in pdf and PowerPoint.

Picture of Tom Deans and the UConn writing center

And don't forget the resources of the UConn Writing Center.