The Art of Breaking the Rules

I've been reading George Saunders' book Lincoln in the Bardo for my book club and this line from the text is one that stood out to all of us as we read: His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of …

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Visit our Instagram: Read our Haikus!

Frequent readers of "The Write Attitude" know this fact already: The SJSU Writing Center is growing in many different ways this semester! One way we're working to reach more readers, writers, and thinkers online is through our new Instagram! Check us out: https://www.instagram.com/sjsuwc/  On Instagram, we'll offer short boomerangs, photos, and features devoted to the wonderful …

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The Fix-It Police: Hairspray Hullabaloo

Welcome to our new series, “The Fix-It Police”! How often do you see grammar mistakes in everyday life? Contrary to popular belief, just because something is printed or electronically published does not mean it’s exempt from grammatical flaws. In this series, we aim to identify issues we see day-to-day and politely correct them. Recently, I …

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#TBT: Have a literary Valentine’s Day!

Here at "The Write Attitude" we live by the motto: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  Thus, we're revisiting this great post from last year's Valentine's Day to celebrate the holiday today.  Enjoy our first "TBT" one day early! It's Valentine's Day - a time to celebrate love...and write lovely poems or settle for some …

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Better Know a Department: Mechanical Engineering

For our latest post in the "Better Know a Department" series, our Engineering embedded graduate tutor Aparna has crafted an excellent interview with Professor John Lee from the department of Mechanical Engineering. He boasts 14 years of instruction at SJSU, and he has taught an incredible range of classes: ME 101, ME 110, ME 111, ME 120, ME 130, ME …

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Finding “The Write Stuff”: Creating an Academic Blog Post

By Marcos Verbera Imagine yourself in this scenario: your teacher asks you to write about a topic, and you are given the following choices: write an essay, create a blog, give a presentation, or design a poster.   If you choose to write a blog (possibly on the suspicion that it will be the easiest …

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Ask the Specialists (February): Changing Your Writing Process

We're back and open for business! Last Friday, we had our meeting to prepare for today's opening festivities and our tutors answered the following questions: What do you wish you could change about your own writing or writing process? What's the most common error(s) you find in your own papers? Are you able to train …

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Quick Tip #20: Don’t let Autocorrect become an Autofail!

Does this issue ever happen to you when you're emailing, texting, or generally typing on an Apple product? As I noted in this re-created conversation, it's dangerous to rely too heavily on autocorrect. After all, there's a big difference between a viola... and the exclamation "Voila!" So, how can you make sure these pesky autocorrect …

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Writing Center News (Part Two): We’re Hiring!

Since the space for the Writing Center is expanding, this second announcement won't be a surprise - we're hiring! Want to be a Graduate Assistant? Find out more info here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1257760/share_preview  Want to become a tutor? Find out more info here: http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/jobs/ Start applying today!        

Writing Center News: We’re Expanding!

No, you're not just seeing double...there are now TWO Writing Center spaces! Let's continue to let classic TV comedy Sister Sister explain: The space you know and love in Clark Hall will be used to host drop-in appointments while the new space in the second floor of the library will be for scheduled appointments!  We'll still be maintaining …

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