Academic Writing

Writing academic essays is difficult, even for native speakers. These articles will help you overcome the main challenges.

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Writing for Universityhand

Stella Cottrell is author of The Study Skills Handbook, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her article, Writing for university, offers advice on how to prepare and write academic essays in English and is a good place to start.

Writing About Bookshand

Writing literary criticism at school and university takes a great deal of skill, especially when you’re not writing in your first language. Used in conjunction with higher-level Macmillan Readers and the Macmillan Literature Collections, the following articles will go a long way to helping you write great literary criticism.

Writing an Essay – an introduction to key concepts and literary terms

This article provides detailed explanations and practical examples of the concepts, terms and skills needed to speak and write about literature. There is also a useful glossary of key concepts and literary terms. When you have completed the activities, please download the answer key to check your score.

Writing a Short Account of a Novel

Writing a short account – or summary – seems easy but is often very difficult to do. This worksheet will help you perfect your summary writing with the help of practical advice and exercises. An answer key is provided.

How to Write a Detailed Essay

This worksheet shows you how to write essays about literature. Once again, there is an answer key to accompany the material so you can check your answers.

Writing Academic Essays about the Macmillan Readershand

The two upper level Macmillan Readers Middlemarch and Moby Dick contain Further Study Questions and essay questions. The Worksheets below contain support, answers and model essays for those questions.

Macmillan Literature Collections Answer Keys

The Macmillan Literature Collections are advanced-level Readers containing unadapted short stories by famous classic and modern writers. They also contain a wealth of extra language support and exercises to help students navigate their way through the challenge of reading original texts.