Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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Meme of the Week #29: How to Read a Poem

For some readers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "poetry analysis essay." Some people hear these words and, almost instantaneously, they get this look on their faces: Suddenly, class discussions become like this: because people are thinking things like: But poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. The Atlantic is here to help. This …

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#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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Better Know a Department: Comm Studies

Welcome to the first post in our new and exciting blog series: Better Know a Department! In this series, our 100W tutors will be interviewing their instructors with a set list of questions to help our readers learn a bit more about the writing opportunities and expectations in various academic disciplines. Enya Gomez interviewed Professor …

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The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 3

This is our third and last post about citations during the writing process. We’ve now talked about developing a working references page while gathering sources and adding context to that working references page. Our third and final strategy focuses on organizing our materials. Step three:  Organize your sources and quotations by ideas. Use a double …

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The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 2

Last post, we chatted about incorporating citation into your early writing process. Citing while writing improves your research, makes the writing process more efficient, and saves you from the last-minute formatting scramble. Now that you’ve developed a working references page, you’re ready for the next step. Today, we’re going to look at adding context of …

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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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Virtual Workshop: How to Write a Killer Introduction

The Writing Center is a hive of activity these days with all of our new tutors and all of their new appointments times in the WCOnline! But we're always looking for more ways to serve our students and so we're adding a new resource to our YouTube channel.  As our free workshop series kicks off tomorrow, September …

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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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