Appreciating Multilingual Writers

It's easy to be convinced that Google is the omniscient computer than can do anything. And, for the most part, the technology is pretty advanced. But have you ever used Google translate for English? We have. Here's what happens when you translate the Preamble of the Constitution into multiple languages: English: We the People of … Continue reading Appreciating Multilingual Writers

Where do your ideas come from?

As someone who is often working on a writing project, I get asked this question: "Where the heck do all those ideas come from?" And while I could answer in an opaque, "artistic" way about the muses and the gifts of the creative spirits, there are some practical methods I've discovered over the years, first … Continue reading Where do your ideas come from?

Quick Tip #12: We’re all poets…and didn’t know it?

It's April...aka While there are many ways you can celebrate, why not try to write your own poetry? Remember that conversation we had about a daily writing practice? April might be just the inspiration you need. But how do you become a masterful poet when you don't think of yourself as an artist? A friend … Continue reading Quick Tip #12: We’re all poets…and didn’t know it?

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week's contribution comes from Writing Specialist Sheldon Hentschke: Calvin and Hobbes was always my favorite comic when I was a kid, and it still is now that I'm a slightly larger kid. Looking back on some of these comics, I think it would be...interesting, shall we say, to see Calvin at the Writing Center. I … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Quick Tip #10: The art of the “hook”

Here's a question: would you rather read a biographical essay about Shakespeare that started like this: This paper will be about Shakespeare, a dramatist and poet who is very famous in England and around the world. He was baptized on April 26, 1564 in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon. [...] or, like this? "To be … Continue reading Quick Tip #10: The art of the “hook”

Part 2: “So What?” A Writing Series

Welcome back! So what about rhetorical analysis papers? The first question you should ask yourself is "What does the paper want?"  Rhetorical analysis papers explore how rhetoric is used to relay messages, present patterns, and address certain demographics. Rhetoric is not so much what you’re saying, but how you’re saying something. In the pieces you’re consulting, … Continue reading Part 2: “So What?” A Writing Series

Quick Tip #9: You are not a bad writer

Too often, we hear students utter this awful sentence: "I'm a bad writer." What does that sentence usually mean? You're struggling in a writing class and feeling frustrated. Your expectations for your writing aren't meeting your (current) reality. You might be comparing yourself unfairly to other writers you know who seem to be getting better … Continue reading Quick Tip #9: You are not a bad writer

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

It's true what they say - all you ever really need to know you learned in [this book about] kindergarten. As Introvert Doodles illustrates below, you could learn anything from a book.   Of course, where does all that accumulated knowledge come from? Simple: writers. Here are some great TED talks by writers about the art of … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Welcome Back…And Welcome to the Writing Process!

Welcome back to the Writing Center, Spartans! Not only do we have some new furniture in the office but we also have lots of new blog posts, homegrown handouts, videos, games, and other resources to share! We're also going to be encouraging you to think more about the Writing Center can help you through all … Continue reading Welcome Back…And Welcome to the Writing Process!

#2bORnot2b: Meme of the Week #2

As we eagerly await a new semester at SJSU, it's time to start brushing up on those skills!  Have you been doing your suggested reading? Or, have you already bought a new planner and vowed to not procrastinate? This week, we're sharing an oldie but goodie about the art of academic writing. Jorge Cham, the … Continue reading #2bORnot2b: Meme of the Week #2