The Write Thanks: Teacher Edition

This year at the Writing Center, we give thanks to those excellent, intelligent teachers in our lives who have bestowed upon us their wealth of knowledge. Where would we be without them? We're thankful for their intellect, their advice, and their commitment to their students. Read on to hear about our favorite teachers. Ajoy Professor: Tye Onone, …

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He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 2

In our previous post, we covered honorifics, but what about pronouns in general? Despite being female, I have bad habits regarding gender neutrality in my speech and my writing. I moved to California from Texas five years ago. In Texas, it’s common practice to approach a group of people and say, “Hey guys!” even when …

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He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 1

With so many Hollywood executives and actors in the news lately because of sexual harassment allegations, it seems like the perfect time to discuss gender neutrality in writing. While it’s always important to avoid gender bias in writing, it’s especially important in professional documents. Let's begin, shall we? As a Prospective Employee: Let’s say you’re …

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Better Know A Department: Environmental Studies

Welcome to the second installment of the Better Know a Department series! Our next discipline is Environmental Studies, and our 100W tutor Michelle White has some insightful responses from Shannon Bane, an instructor from the department. With over thirteen years of instruction (and a year spent in our Writing Center as a Faculty-in-Residence), Shannon Bane …

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Celebrating Veteran’s Day

Today, SJSU is observing Veteran's Day and the campus is closed. Thank you to all of our veterans - faculty, staff, and students. Veterans Day was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to forever commemorate November 11 - the day the WWWI armistice was signed. On this day, it has become a tradition to “honor …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 2

Welcome to the second - and final - section of this series. Now that you have a more complete understanding of what constitutes academic writing, we can move on and observe professional writing. Professional writing is defined as a type of written communication usually conducted and executed in the workplace. Professional writing usually involves the …

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Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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Meme of the Week #29: How to Read a Poem

For some readers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "poetry analysis essay." Some people hear these words and, almost instantaneously, they get this look on their faces: Suddenly, class discussions become like this: because people are thinking things like: But poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. The Atlantic is here to help. This …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 1

Some of our readers might be graduating in December.  As a preview to the types of writing you can expect in your future, we're doing a short series highlighting the differences between academic and professional writing. Here's Part I: Finishing up an academic degree and moving into a professional setting can present its own set …

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is not just a holiday for children (and adults) to eat excessive amounts of candy.  There's some spooky good writing out there to enjoy as well! Take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy one of our favorites: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" as interpreted by The Simpsons.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLiXjaPqSyY