This suite of no-cost writing tools is available as an iOS iPad app, a Chromebook app, and an HTML5 web app.

Writing Navigator goes beyond surfacing details: this is right; that is wrong.  It prompts students to make creative decisions, to discover what they want to say, to reach for the best words in the best order.

These tools offer instructional features that help you

Writing Navigator guides you through the entire writing process.

You’ll get feedback about what you write and begin to think like an experienced writer.

We’ll even help you collect research information and document it appropriately.

Step-by-step to organizing a plan

A good essay doesn't just happen. Even experienced writers must go through the messy process of brainstorming and shuffling ideas before a writing plan begins to emerge. This tool will guide you through the process of generating ideas and organizing them into a plan for writing. Then you can send your plan to Writing Drafter and shape it into a well-developed first draft.

  • Determine your purpose and audience
  • Generate ideas
  • Group and sequence ideas
  • Gather and document research information
  • Review your plan

Export and save: Anywhere, anytime

Auto-save your work

Auto-save is available automatically when using individual student and teacher accounts. 

Auto-save works as you type or edit your document. It saves not only your essay but also the purpose and audience statements and all research information.  

You can also manually save your work to your portfolio or your computer.

Export your work

Writing Navigator offers options for taking your work with you or sharing it with your audience.  

You can e-mail your work from any of the four products in the series.

You can also export it to Word (.docx) to add those final formatting touches before turning it in.

Developing your draft

The second step in the writing process is to transform your writing plan into the first draft of an essay. This tool will help you develop coherent sentences and paragraphs from the organized ideas in your plan. Then you can send your draft to Writing Reviser and shape it into an essay that has precision and power.

  • Develop sentences, supporting details, and transitions
  • Create introductory and concluding paragraphs
  • Gather and document research information
  • Analyze draft to improve sentence patterns and transitions

Awards for our writing tools

2012 Ed-Tech Readers' Choice Awards

SAS Curriculum Pathways receives the e-School News Readers' Choice Award.

2009 CODiE Award Winner

SAS Curriculum Pathways is honored as a 2009 CODiE award winner for "Best Reading/English Instructional Solution."

"Writing Navigator isn't just about surface details: this is right; that is wrong. No one learns to write effectively and memorably from a merely prescriptive, schoolmarm approach—a bunch of abstract Do's and Don'ts. This interactive product goes deeper than that. It prompts students to make creative decisions, to discover what they want to say, to reach for what Coleridge called 'the best words in the best order.'" 

Dorianne Laux
Director, Creative Writing Program
NC State University
Author of five books of poetry
Winner, Guggenheim Fellowship

"The Writing Navigator has a strong potential to help students at all levels—from middle school through university-level composition classes. It is certainly the best computer-assisted writing program I have seen." 

Dr. Michael Grimwood
Professor of English
NC State University

“The Writing Reviser is especially useful. Not just a spelling and grammar checker, it takes a student's written work and gives them suggestions for possible improvement in areas such as wordiness, overuse of prepositional phrases, or clichés. … I've used it for whole-group instruction, peer editing, and revising in small groups.”

Katheryn Higgins
English teacher
Mooresville Graded School District

Revise, revise, revise

You'll learn to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically.
As a result, you'll begin to express yourself with greater precision and power.  A built-in language parser lets you examine your own work for wordiness, verb selection, sentence structure, overuse of prepositional phrases, and much more.

  • Revisit purpose and audience
  • Check organization, sentence structure, and diction
  • Gather and document research information
  • Check for sentence variety, clarity, economy, and power
launch Writing Reviserwatch Quick Tour video
NEW! Writing Reviser is now a Google Docs add-on!

Proofread and publish

In this final stage of the writing process, you'll put the finishing touches on your essay. You'll proofread to correct any errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. For research papers, you'll finish documenting your sources using an automated tool that creates MLA-style parenthetical citations and a works-cited page.

  • Use tools for proofreading, including diction, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Gather and document research information
  • Automatically generate internal citations and a Works Cited page
  • Polish and publish

Track your research notes

In each product of Writing Navigator, you can collect research notes as well as information needed about any sources used.

The tools will   
  • Keep this information connected to the quotations, paraphrases, or summaries drawn from sources.
  • Allow you to automatically generate parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page based on the MLA style guide.

We eliminate guesswork and confusion. By making a series of simple choices from pull-down menus, you automatically follow the prescribed MLA format.