Recommended reading

  • On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
  • Oxford Guide to Plain English, by Martin Cutts 
  • You Have a Point There: A Guide to Punctuation and its Allies, by Eric Partridge
  • HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by Bryan A. Garner
  • Legal Writing in Plain English: a Text with Exercises, by Bryan A. Garner
  • Garner’s Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner
  • The Plain English Approach to Business Writing, by Edward P. Bailey 
  • The Art of Readable Writing, by Rudolf Flesch
  • The Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking, by John Seely
  • The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, by Arthur Plotnik
  • The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words, by Arthur Plotnik
  • Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers, by Harold Evans
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, by Roy Peter Clark
  • A Writer’s Coach: An Editor’s Guide to Words that Work, by Jack Hart
  • Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams. Revised by Gregory G. Colomb
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition