Want help with your writing challenges?

Here are some books Patricia Davies recommends in her Real Words Workshops.

General Writing

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

A classic that is a joy to read, offering clear and practical advice written in an approachable style. The chapters on Simplicity and Business Writing are especially instructive.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

The classic for writers in all fields. It outlines the basics of clear and enjoyable writing in a highly readable format. Also available at

Edit Yourself by Bruce Ross-Larson

Practical help with common grammatical and style problems, including a large section on substitutes for jargon.

Summaries and Briefings

Tell it to the CEO: How to Write Compelling Executive Summaries and Briefings by Angela J. Maniak (available through

A thorough and comprehensive guide to every step of preparing executive summaries, with a CD containing samples and review exercises.

The One-Page Proposal by Patrick G. Riley

A lively and entertaining guide to the principle of getting it all on one page.


Managing Your E-mail "Thinking Outside the Inbox" by Christine Cavanaugh

Intelligent analysis of e-mail usage, problems and solutions.

Send by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe

A highly readable book that asks "Why do we e-mail so badly?" and then provides a number of ways to solve email woes.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammar for Smart People by Barry Tarshis

Clear, practical, well-organized answers to common queries, including a wonderful section on the basics of good spelling.

Webster's New World Pocket Misspeller's Dictionary

Good help for those unsure of their spelling skills. Words are listed using both correct and fractured spellings.