#WhyIWrite: National Day on Writing

Sometimes, writing feels like this comic: But, sometimes, writing feels more like this image: Today, we're celebrating the National Day on Writing.  What's that?  Here's the explanation from the National Council of Teachers of English: Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and …

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Quick Tip #19: How to Use Your Exam Prep Time

The proctor sets the prompt down. It reads: In a fully-developed essay, answer the following topic with specifics. Write about a time you were in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable situation. What did you do to make the situation better? What did you learn from the experience? After a few seconds, I recognize this assignment as …

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Learning from a Writer: Upcoming Opportunities

It can be easy to feel like you are alone sometimes as you write.  No one else struggles like you do, right?  No one else has the same weird quirks or habits like you do, right? No one else procrastinates as much as you do, right? Well, not exactly. (And, remember, no one is a …

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#2bORnot2B: We all have our font preferences

In school, we're often required to use standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. However, have you ever noticed how strongly people feel about fonts even outside of academia? As we've discovered in this comic, it's not just English teachers who despise Comic Sans, for example... ...and, of course, many people also dislike Papyrus: …

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Growing Your Essay Up: Part 2, Breaking out of the 5-Paragraph Essay

And we're back to our short series about "maturing" our essays! Last week we talked about more sophisticated thesis statements; now, we're going to investigate structures. The task of essay writing is undoubtedly daunting for many; specifically, the challenge of synthesizing information, relating it back to the thesis, and providing appropriate support can be overwhelming. …

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Ask a Specialist: Breaking out of Writer’s Block

We had a great October meeting with our writing tutors! As we are starting to see longer papers and projects in the Writing Center, we thought we'd ask about writer's block this month. Here's our question: Have you ever had a bad case of writer’s block? How did you overcome this “malady” and finish your …

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Growing Your Essay Up: Part 1, Breaking out of Divisions of Proof

Welcome to our new short series on "maturing" your essays from high school to college expectations. Today, we'll begin with what is often the most important element of a paper - the thesis. What does your thesis writing process entail? While some students count struggling not to set their papers afire as a reasonable part …

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Better Know a Department: Comm Studies

Welcome to the first post in our new and exciting blog series: Better Know a Department! In this series, our 100W tutors will be interviewing their instructors with a set list of questions to help our readers learn a bit more about the writing opportunities and expectations in various academic disciplines. Enya Gomez interviewed Professor …

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Happy Banned Books Week!

It's the end of September and so that means many libraries, schools, and universities across the country are busy talking about Banned Books Week. What's it all about?  This short video from the American Library Association can get you up to speed and also mentions some of the most frequently banned books from 2016: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O19TVmXWcyI

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Quick Tip #18: Break Time Can be Productive

It's 3 PM on a Sunday afternoon and you've been working on your big midterm paper for the last six hours.  At this point, the words in front of you look like word soup.  Is that really how you spell "bibliography?" you ask yourself, squinting at the word through tired eyes. Guess what? In moments like …

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