#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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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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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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Quick Tip #17: Keep a Writing Notebook

While this PhD Comic was just released this week, that illustration summarized much of my first graduate school experience years ago - I had great ideas but forgot them as soon as I tried to add them into my papers.  Frustrating, right? A few years later I went back to graduate school for a creative …

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Why Go to the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is open again - hooray! And as our reservation system on the WCOnline fills up this week, one name we might not yet see among our appointment is yours. Why should I go to the Writing Center you might be asking yourself. Maybe you're thinking you're too shy, scared, embarrassed (or other …

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A Spartan Sneak Preview: The Writers are Coming!

A few years ago, I asked a writer friend of mine to visit one of my first-year writing classes. She came for a full session - offering a short reading, Q&A, and a talk about the writing life. My students loved her. One of the first comments someone said after she left was: "I didn't …

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Did You Know That? (A Periodic Series): Am I Spellling It Write?

Today, thanks to the power of technology, typos and spelling errors can be easily fixed.  Don't know how to spell a word the "correct" way? Look it up... ...or wait for someone to correct it for you if you posted the error on the internet. Did you know that the English language didn't always have …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

It's Friday...and the end of summer school, so I'm sure there are some folks out there having this experience: We've talked a bit this summer about the importance of letting yourself be bored and how downtime can lead to greater creativity.  So, in the spirit of our own advice, we're taking a little break here …

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