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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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Earlier this week, we talked about giving in to boredom with the hopes that daydreaming can free your mind for creativity ...today we tackle the question of writing anxiety.  What does writing anxiety look like?  These comics explore that feeling: So, how can you get started again? Well, we know that sometimes fear of starting …

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Time to be bored?

It's mid-July.  The initial excitement of summer vacation has worn off - it's hot outside and maybe a small part of you is actually starting to miss having a schedule / more of a set purpose like you do during the school year. But, as this article which has been popping up frequently over social …

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“Ask A Specialist”: New Blog Feature

Welcome back! Do you miss writing yet? Many of you (over the age of 21) may feel like this Adam@Home comic strip as you work on summer "projects": However, to remind you of the joys of writing, we're unveiling a new monthly feature for the blog: "Ask a Specialist," where we pose a writing-related question for …

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The Wrap-Up: Parting Advice from Graduating Specialists

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 Writing Specialists 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. Tim: Preparation …

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The SJSU Campus Reading Program Selection

It's Finals Week here at SJSU, which means lots of students are experiencing "The 13 Moments of Finals Week." But, dear Spartans, when you emerge from your multiple days of deep sleep, refreshed and looking for some ideas for summer fun, we hope you think of the Campus Reading Program. Next year's selection is Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking …

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The Write Job for You!

More often than not, if you're any form of Humanities major in college, you'll be asked this question from well-meaning people: Well, guess what? There are plenty of other jobs, especially in the tech sector, designed for Humanities majors/writers!* Here's a brief overview so you can discuss these roles next time someone asks you that question: …

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Quick Tip #16: Rules are made to be broken

One of the first rules of learning English is that there are, well, rules to follow.  We learn our tenses, punctuation, sentence structure, and all those "correct" academic words to use in an organized, thoughtful (often 5 paragraph) essay. And it's good to learn these rules for they help us communicate in a way that …

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How to write an email to your instructor

If you're reading the title of this post and thinking to yourself, "What? I already know how to write an email - I probably send out at least a hundred each day!" I would still urge you to keep reading. We could all use a little refresher. So: what inspired this post today? This Ph.d …

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Summer Book / Movie Preview 2017

As we inch towards May - and summer vacation - it seems like as good a time as any to start planning some fun. And by "fun," we definitely mean "reading." Remember when we told you about the importance of reading over breaks? Well, we're not just recommending "school" books.  After all, no matter the …

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