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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The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 1

Writers think about citation several different ways: the antidote to plagiarism, another hoop to jump through for professors and publications, and, frankly, sometimes just as a pain. Citing your sources doesn’t need to be painful. The reason writing a works cited page or bibliography can feel like walking over hot coals after a marathon is …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week – Commas Save Lives!

This week, we're talking about commas again. Remember: Commas can do more than save Grandmas...but they're a great example. giphy.com They can... surround the name or title of a person directly addressed, Grandma, why are you looking at me like that? giphy.com Note: The sentence could also read “Why are you looking at me like …

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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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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part II)

By Luke Coulter Recently, I wrote a blog post about embracing voice when it comes to writing essays. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about voice and how it can help both your writing and your life. Back in 2009, I was teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I had very little teaching …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part I)

By Luke Coulter As a California native, I never saw the need for a phrase describing the weather phenomenon where it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. When this happens in the Southern States of the USA, however, people will turn to whoever is near them and loudly proclaim that …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, since we've been talking about perceptions of the "right" way to do things and reality, it's time to talk about your inner critic.  Below are two pieces that might prove illuminating for you -- (here's a hint: the point of both is to be patient and learn to let go.) A video on …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we thought we'd start the conversation about the perceptions of writers and writing with a humorous take.  Remember these memes from a few years ago? Well, we dove back into the recesses of the internet to find some classics about academia and writing...like this one: and this one: or these perceptions about specific …

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Writing for Business series #2: Writing the Cover Letter

By Vanessa Palencia Gone are the old days when you could just walk into a business and request an application or simply turn in a résumé. Now, a cover letter is often required (in addition to your résumé) to apply for a job. What is a cover letter? A cover letter is simply a more …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we're enjoying the creative work of new Writing Specialist Daniel Tafoya! Welcome, Daniel!       Do you find yourself writing the same sentence over and over again for hours on end? Are you worrying about your grammar when you should be worrying about the strength of your thesis? Has the cleanliness of …

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