1) On Writing Well - William Zinser https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Well-30th-Anniversary-Nonfict...
2) On Writing - Stephen King- https://www.amazon.com/Writing-10th-Anniversary-Memoir-Craft...
3) The Elements of Style - Strunk & White - https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/...
The two most important points are concise style and active voice. Both of these habits are critical for SEs to write concise emails, specs and commit messages. You will even see improvement in more casual day to day interactions (via slack, SMS etc).
I've given away more copies of that book than any other. Improves all relationships.
"Elements of Style" aka Strunk and White. https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/...
I'd prefer they not only read Elements of Style, but work on it.
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There are many examples about how to write clearly.
A good companion piece. Really, if you want to know how to write, and barely have time to make breakfast, The Elements of Style is the book for you.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/d...
1999 edition on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/d...
1918 edition online: http://www.bartleby.com/141/
For more hand-holding, On Writing Well by William Zinsser is worthwhile.
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