This section gives guidelines on writing in everyday situations, from applying for a job to composing letters of complaint or making an insurance claim. There are plenty of sample documents to help you get it right every time, create a good impression, and increase the likelihood of achieving your desired outcome.
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Do you know how to write a business email or a letter of resignation? Get your business communication sorted with these handy writing tips.
Clichés and redundant expressions
Learn how to hook your reader and leave those tired clichés and awkward redundancies behind with our guide on how to write with clarity and impact.
These tips will help any author with creative writing – from picking up the pen to the final draft.
Writing a job application? Here are all the tips you need for putting together your résumé (or CV), together with a cover letter or email of application.
Letters and invitations
For more formal occasions, written letters and invitations might still be required. Our guide will make sure your letter hits all the right notes.
Top writing tips
From writing a review to top tips for creative writing, this section has all the advice you'll need when putting pen to paper.
Students, listen up: here is some advice about mastering the skill of writing well-reasoned, articulate, and well-presented essays. Sound good?
Whatever sort of review you’re intending to write, this is the place to start – whether you’re giving your thoughts on a book, film, play, or restaurant.
Speeches can take many different forms, from weddings to workplaces; here’s all you need to put together the beginning, middle, and end of any speech.
Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.