Meme of the Week #30: Famous People Are Writers, Too

We might be in a new "Golden Age" for television and acting but let's not forget that all these famous actors are reading lines...written by writers. Today, let's take a moment to celebrate writers! After all, there have been plenty of examples of writers who have graced magazine covers: And writers who reached celebrity status: …

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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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Meme of the Week #27 – 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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Meme of the Week #26 – Gettin’ Down(time) on Friday

It's Friday...and the end of summer school, so I'm sure there are some folks out there having this experience: We've talked a bit this summer about the importance of letting yourself be bored and how downtime can lead to greater creativity.  So, in the spirit of our own advice, we're taking a little break here …

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Meme of the Week #24 – Reading Rainbow!

You may have noticed that there was no Tuesday post this week...sorry about that, folks! But, don't worry - the Writing Center staff was still hard at work. Director Michelle Hager and The Write Attitude editor Maria Judnick were busy presenting at the Young Rhetoricians Conference over the weekend. Today, we're filled with nostalgia here …

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Meme of the Week #23 – There is No Write Way

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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Meme of the Week #22 – All the Writers!

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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Meme of the Week #21 – CCCC

This week at SJSU we're hosting a regional CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication)! A few of our Writing Specialists are speaking during various panels and our faculty are hard at work presenting a workshop as well. So, this Friday, we thought we'd celebrate the art of the conference presentation. Usually when folks think …

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Meme of the Week #20 – A Writer’s Anxiety

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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Meme of the Week #19 – Pre-Summer Spectacular

This week, enjoy the creative talents of our new Writing Specialist Jenn Hambly! The end of the spring semester is looming, and it seems like everyone who comes to the Writing Center has citations on the brain. So, to ease the pain of all those nit-picky parentheticals, painfully punctuated APA sources (don't forget the periods!), …

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