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The Writing Machine

The Writing Machine is an Internet resource designed to help students understand and master the process of writing academic essays. It is organized into these 10 sections.

How to use the units

Every unit in the Writing Machine has seccions. Clicking on the buttons in the sidebar of this page will give you a more detailed explanation of component and how it should be used. The six parts that make up each unit are:

  • Intro - A short explanation of the unit topic, and a hotlist of the pages in that unit.
  • Read and Think - This section will give you a detailed explanation of the unit topic in a Q and A format.
  • Example - A sample of work with annotations relevant to the topic covered in that unit.
  • Your turn - Tasks that you can do to develop your understanding.
  • Review - Questions that you should ask yourself when evaluating your own work.

You should work through the units in a sequence determined by your own needs, but it is advisable to work thought each unit in the order that it is organized. Before you begin using the Writing Machine, you might want to take a few more minutes browsing around to familiarize yourself with the navigational conventions used by reading the pages linked from the navigation bar at the left side of this page.