Style Guide

A consistent editorial style makes writing easier for writers, editing easier for editors, and reading easier for readers. The goal of this style guide is to provide clear, simple guidelines for you, the writer, on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage in materials produced by and for Williams College. In most instances, our style is based on the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook online, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed. This guide was developed by the Office of Communications.

The style guide is organized alphabetically and updated regularly. If you have questions or items to be added, contact the Communications Office at 413.597.4277 or by email at