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 …

Continue reading Summer Book / Movie Preview 2018

The Wrap-Up 2018: Parting Advice from Graduating Tutors

All good things must come to an end, and that's especially true this year at SJSU. While we are happy so many of our beloved tutors are graduating, we'll be sad to see them go! But, never fear, we asked each of them to offer one final piece of advice for us. Ajah: The closer you …

Continue reading The Wrap-Up 2018: Parting Advice from Graduating Tutors

The 2018 SJSU Campus Reading Selection

The countdown to summer has officially begun! But before you exhaust yourself during Finals Week or feel tempted to turn your brain off during the summer, consider putting on your summer to-do list our new Campus Reading Selection: The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, by John Carlos with Dave Zirin.  Look! …

Continue reading The 2018 SJSU Campus Reading Selection

Sprucing Up Your Personal Writing

We've all read stories that made us say, "wait, where have I seen this before?" Too often, we see reoccurring tropes and clichés that can tend to muddy up fiction, making some seem predictable. We don't want that, especially when you're committed to putting in the necessary time and effort into making your work as …

Continue reading Sprucing Up Your Personal Writing

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 …

Continue reading Takeaways from the NCWCA Conference

Ask the Specialists (April): What Music Do You Listen To When You Write?

On Friday, we had another productive Writing Center staff meeting.  As we expand our community of tutors here at the Writing Center, we thought we'd get to know a little more about their composing process and ask what they listen to as they work: Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what songs, …

Continue reading Ask the Specialists (April): What Music Do You Listen To When You Write?

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 …

Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Grammar Matters IRL (in real life)

The 2018 Books of Spring Break

We did it! It's Spring Break! Time to enjoy all that time in the sun...reading all your favorite books! We surveyed our tutors to see what books they'd suggest over this year's Spring Break -- here are their picks: Ajah: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. This chilling book describes a high school shooting by looking at …

Continue reading The 2018 Books of Spring Break

Grammar Elitism: To Correct or Not to Correct

If you're a stickler for grammar, chances are you've been frustrated by the various (and often pervasive) mistakes you'll see daily, especially on the internet. When scrolling through a slew of Facebook statuses, finding an error is as easy as finding a hungry seagull on the beach. The temptation to correct someone's error is often …

Continue reading Grammar Elitism: To Correct or Not to Correct

Ask the Specialists (March): What advice would you give to writers in your field?

On Friday, we had another great Writing Center staff meeting. Since our meeting involved professional development from the Career Center, we thought about what types of writing / composing advice we'd give to students in our disciplines. Thanks go out this month to our Associate Editor Ines for coming up with the following questions: Identify …

Continue reading Ask the Specialists (March): What advice would you give to writers in your field?