Summer Book / Movie Preview 2018

There are just a few days of finals left! As you finish up these last papers and projects of the semester, you might be hoping for some downtime and to start planning some fun. And when we say "fun," we definitely mean "reading." So, if you're searching for some books to look forward to over …

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Quick Tip #22: Becoming a More Conscious Writer

How often do you half-heartedly work on a paper at the last minute, hand in it, and promptly forget all about it until you see the final grade? While that process might help you to survive a class, how much are you learning about your writing when you aren't paying attention to your progress? If …

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#TBT: Meme of the Week #23 – There is No Write Way

On Monday, we talked about the many joyful and -- sometimes -- agonizing steps of the writing process. But, after I hit "post," I realized that I had skipped a step: the moments of self-doubt and silencing our inner critics. Today, we're going to fix my oversight and remind ourselves that everyone doubts their work as …

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Meme of the Week #31: The 13 Moments of the Writing Process

Normally we share our Meme of the Week posts on Friday afternoons, but with just a little over a month left of school, we're starting to head into crunch time and time becomes relative. This part of the year is when we're frantically finishing up all those midterm exams and papers and starting to think …

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Takeaways from the NCWCA Conference

On Saturday, April 7th, our tutors Ariel, Jenn, and Brooke spoke on a panel along with our Faculty Coordinator for Digital Initiatives (and The Write Attitude editor Maria Judnick) at the Northern California Writing Center Association's annual conference held this year at Santa Clara University. Their talk, "Movin' on Up: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities during Major …

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3 Reasons Why Grammar Matters IRL (in real life)

I taught a student many years ago who steadfastly insisted that he was never going to have to write again in his life. "I'm going to be an engineer," he told me. "My assistant will deal with all written communication. I don't need to pay attention to all this grammar stuff, it's unimportant." We just …

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Quick Tip #21: Getting the Words Out

Do you ever feel like Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail when you sit down to write? That blank page is staring back at you - how on earth are you going to say what you need to say? How will you ever get started? A student was asking me this exact question the other day (just without …

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Did You Know That?: Be Prepared for the Ides of March

There are a few days a year when people enjoy observing some more academically-associated holidays.  Today is Pi Day and tomorrow is "the Ides of March." While Pi Day is pretty self-explanatory (today is 3/14 which are the first few numbers of the mathematical constant Pi), the Ides of March needs a bit more explanation. …

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The Power of Words: Ladies vs. Women

Do you have withdrawal symptoms from missing the Olympics yet?  Is your life not as exciting now that you can't spend every night wondering if your favorite figure skater will land that quad jump? Well, the Olympics aren't just about incredible athletes performing incredible feats - these events also include some tidbits about our language. …

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Why Do We Read?

This year, we encouraged you to start a Goodreads challenge in January.  How many of you, dear readers, took us up on the offer? As we wind our way to the end of February, it's a good time to check in on our new habits.  I, for one, have renewed my efforts to read every …

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