Your TCCL card gives you access to dozens of books, online classes and additional resources that can help you become a writer or improve your writing. Plus, these resources can help you prepare for one of our annual writing contests.

Learn more about the Adult Creative Writing Contest HERE and the Young People's Creative Writing Contest HERE

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1Check out these catalog items to inspire you and help you with your contest submission, whether you’re starting a first draft or editing the final piece!

eLibrary: find the database at Click it, then log in with your last name and TCCL card number to search for one of the research topics listed here.

  • Short Story Research Topic
  • Creative Writing Research Topic
  • Narrative Writing Research Topic

2Universal Class: find it at Make an account or sign in to your existing account with your email and password to search for any of the courses listed here.

  • Writing the Great American Short Story
  • Creative Writing for Beginners
  • Poetry Writing 101
  • How to Write A Short Story
  • Punctuation and Grammar 101
  • Creative Writing 101
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Writing Basics 101: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures
  • Novel Writing 101
  • Paranormal Romance Writing
  • Mystery Writing
  • Romance Writing
  • Enhance Your Everyday Vocabulary
  • 1Essay Writing 101
  • Historical Fiction Writing
  • Humor Writing 101
  • Journaling and Memoir Writing
  • Nonfiction Writing 101

LinkedIn Learning courses: find it at and log in with your last name and TCCL card number to search for one of the courses listed here.

  • Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer
  • Writing: The Craft of Story
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing:
  • Writing with Commonly Confused Words
  • Editing Mastery: How to Edit Writing to Perfection
  • The Foundations of Fiction
  • Conquering Writer’s Block
  • Creative Exercises to Spark Original Thinking
  • 3Crafting Dynamic Characters
  • Creative Spark: Grammar Girl, Changing Writing One Word at a Time
  • Creativity and Learning: A Conversation with Lynda Barry
  • Grammar Foundations
  • Is There A Book In You? Learn to Create Your Own Masterpiece
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Editing and Proofreading Made Simple

LearningExpress Library courses and ebooks: find it at

  • Writing in 15 Minutes A Day (ebook): Middle school students can use the lessons in this eBook to help improve writing skills for class, homework, and important essays—in just 15 minutes a day!
  • Writing Skills Tutorial: Sharpen your writing skills with this five-step tutorial. Learn brainstorming and organizational techniques, review grammar, spelling, and mechanics, and practice writing an essay.
  • 4501 Writing Prompts (ebook): This eBook features 501 sample writing prompts that are designed to help you improve your writing and gain the necessary writing skills needed to ace essay exams. Build your essay-writing confidence fast with 501 Writing Prompts!

  • Think You Know Your Vocabulary? (ebook): Boosting your word power will improve your overall speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. That's why you need Think You Know Your Vocabulary?—the ultimate guide to building and using the right words effectively.

Get feedback on your writing piece from experts using the Writing Lab in Homework HelpNow.

Visit and log in to Homework HelpNow with your last name and TCCL card number. Then you can sign in with your username and password, or create an account to save progress, submit pieces to the Writing Lab and receive messages.

The Writing Lab is available any day of the week or time of day. Simply upload your completed writing assignment for a writing expert to analyze, and they will provide helpful comments. Response is usually within two to three business days.