Sound Writing

Sound Writing is the University of Puget Sound’s writing handbook and is the winner of the 2021 Martinson Award for Innovation from the Small Liberal Arts Colleges Writing Program Administrators. It is available at no cost online and is written for Puget Sound students, by Puget Sound students, so it is specifically tailored to the writing skills and challenges faced by students here. For our users on other campuses, we also have a universal edition of Sound Writing that doesn't have the Puget Sound-specific references (e.g., we talk about the "school mascot" rather than "Grizz"). Both editions include advice on crucial writing structures like introductions and transitions, easy-to-understand discussion of tricky grammar, and specific tips for writing in different disciplines. Both editions also address research, speaking, managing time, and writing in genres like cover letters and emails. Finally, the “Writing With Awareness” chapter explores the oppressive history of academic English and offers strategies for writing with sensitivity to the nuances of English, particularly in relation to people’s identities. Sound Writing is a living document, with new sections and updates added regularly. It can be a useful teaching tool in the classroom, as well as a resource to recommend to students.