Resources

We all appreciate support as we grow as readers, writers, teachers, and speakers. To this end, we provide the list of resources below to help you enhance your practice, advance your craft, and achieve your goals. Enter a keyword to find a specific resource, or use the dropdown filters to browse by audience, type of resource, or location.

 

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Granta is a British quarterly publication of short fiction and essays. Although most of its authors are British, American readers will find plenty here to explore. Each issue has a theme (e.g.,  "The Overheating World," "Celebrity," and "What We Think of America").
The GSI Teaching and Resource Center, located at 301 Sproul Hall, is an academic unit within the Graduate Division that provides pedagogical support and guidance for Graduate Student Instructors. They offer programs such as Orientation Conferences, workshops, and individual consultation that deal with teaching in a range of fields, including the teaching of writing.
Faculty can obtain small amounts of money (up to $1,000) through the Minigrant Program or larger amounts (up to $3,500) through the Classroom Technologies Grants Program for classroom innovations of all kinds, including those related to writing. Contact teaching@berkeley.edu for more information.
The International Writing Centers Association links together many OWLS (online writing labs) and offers online resources for teachers and students.
The homepage of America's founding library, the Library of Congress, offers many links to information, including search tools for government and U.S. history, and also features the library's full online catalog.
Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading series under the direction of Professor Robert Hass. Readings take place on the first Thursday of the month in the Morrison Room of the Main Library. These events are free and open to the campus community.
McSweeney's is the online home of the literary magazine of the same name. This website is updated frequently with quirky and entertaining fiction, poetry, essays, and miscellaneous diversions such as "Interviews with Barbers" and "Sumotalk." 
Instead of looking up dictionary definitions, you can use the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) to see how words are actually used. The concordance includes 152 texts that contain 1,848,364 words, allowing you to search for phrases in specific contexts. (You need a CalNet ID passphrase to use this link to access the concordance.)
Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Modern American Poetry site features useful links to critical essays on poems and poets, along with sample syllabi from poetry courses.
Located on Telegraph Avenue a few blocks south of campus, Moe's has been a part of the campus community since the sixties and has five floors of used and new books on nearly every topic you can imagine.
Moffitt Library has a large collection of resource books—grammars, rhetorics, and style books—on writing in general and on writing in particular areas (e.g., humanities, sciences, and social sciences). A listing of these books can be accessed on UC Berkeley's web-based catalog, using subject keywords "English Language-Rhetoric" and limiting location to Moffitt.
Over nine hundred online dictionaries and glossaries are indexed at OneLook.  Visit the site, type in the word, then click on the dictionary you want to check.  You can check etymology, too.
The mission of the National Writing Project, housed at UC Berkeley, is to improve the teaching of writing and improve learning in the nation's schools. Through its professional development model, the National Writing Project recognizes the importance of teacher knowledge, expertise, and leadership.
Arguably one of the most influential and wide-reaching book review publications, The New York Review of Books website offers capsule reviews and previews of the content of current and upcoming issues. (You need a CalNet ID to access the publication through this link.)
Book reviews in The New York Times can make or break an author's reputation. The reviews are generally thorough and well-researched, making this an excellent place to consider books to read. (One-time registration is required to use The New York Times website.)
Pegasus, an independent bookstore, has two locations in Berkeley: one in North Berkeley near the Alameda, and another at the corner of Durant and Shattuck, a few blocks from campus.
The "Literary Calendar for the West", Poetry Flash offers an exhaustive listing of readings, workshops, and literary events for Northern and Southern California (and it's not just about poetry readings; fiction and nonfiction are featured here as well).
Poets and Writers is a bi-monthly print magazine for creative writers. Its website includes a list of calls for submissions from literary magazine editors, anthology editors, and small presses. You can also find grant information here, as well as information about writer's colonies and writing retreats.
Begun in 1971 by Michael Hart at the University of Illinois, Project Guttenberg puts full texts of books onto the web for free.  Over fifty thousand e-books are currently available on the site, and hundreds more are added each week.
The Purdue OWL (online writing lab) is the most thorough and useful website many CWP instructors have ever encountered.  In addition to extremely helpful practice exercises for students, the OWL offers downloadable handouts on a vast variety of writing and research topics, including ESL, professional writing, general writing concerns, and grammar.

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