Continuing Ed

Grammar Books every writer should have

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 26, 2020

Considering a career in journalism? Or just looking to brush up on your punctuation and grammar schools? The books below are great tools for writers and roles that involve writing, which is pretty much all roles. They will help you with your writing, reading, speaking and presenting.


The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

By Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark has an extensive career at the School of Journalism at The Poynter Institute. The book is filled with short chapters giving readers immense examples on the common grammar mistakes and struggles. As an added touch, there is a great and digestible summary at the end of every chapter.


The Mother Tongue — English And How It Got That Way

By Bill Bryson

Grammar is multi-leveled, this book is a great resource for spelling, etymology, sentence structure, pronunciation, and more.


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

By Lynne Truss

Eat, Shoots & Leaves is a New York Times No. 1 bestseller for a reason. This one does a great job pointing out the overzealous and unnecessary grammar and punctuation. It makes grammar fun and relevant.


Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English

By Patricia T. O’Conner

More of a modern take on how classic grammar rules are applied to current language.


Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

By Benjamin Dreyer

Benjamin Dreyer, copy chief at mega-publisher Random House, gives amazing guidance on all things writing.