Why Go to the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is open again - hooray! And as our reservation system on the WCOnline fills up this week, one name we might not yet see among our appointment is yours. Why should I go to the Writing Center you might be asking yourself. Maybe you're thinking you're too shy, scared, embarrassed (or other …

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The Writing Center is almost Open!

Today's the first Writing Center meeting of the year as we get ready to help YOU with your writing needs starting on Tuesday, September 5th!  Start signing up for appointments now on the WC Online! What's in store for us this year? -- We've got lots of great new types of posts coming to The …

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Back to School = Back to Fun!

While the Writing Center doesn't open for students until September 5, we're still so excited for the start to the school year!  With all those new school supplies, new books, and new ideas...what could possibly be better? What are we looking forward to most this year?  Let's see what some of our tutors and staff …

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Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

And we're back! So what about persuasive/argumentative papers? Again, the first question to ask is: What does the paper want? Persuasive/argumentative papers are like debates: they give you a chance to prove why you’re right while offering a rebuttal to the opposing side. These papers rely on not just substantial evidence, but clear, organized arguments that …

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The words they are a changin’…and so are we: we’re hiring!

Since we've been talking about the new updates and changes to our Writing Center this week, we'd like to point out that we are not alone in our progress. The English language (and our relationship with words) is constantly evolving. In the last few months, in witnessing the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel …

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Welcome Back…And Welcome to the Writing Process!

Welcome back to the Writing Center, Spartans! Not only do we have some new furniture in the office but we also have lots of new blog posts, homegrown handouts, videos, games, and other resources to share! We're also going to be encouraging you to think more about the Writing Center can help you through all …

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Writing for Change: Helpful Tips

As you've likely seen on social media in the last several weeks, there has been a virtual flood of information being shared about how to contact elected officials asking for change. And, while it has been suggested that phone calls - or showing up in person to town hall events - might be among the …

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#2bORnot2b: Meme of the Week #2

As we eagerly await a new semester at SJSU, it's time to start brushing up on those skills!  Have you been doing your suggested reading? Or, have you already bought a new planner and vowed to not procrastinate? This week, we're sharing an oldie but goodie about the art of academic writing. Jorge Cham, the …

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Quick Tip #5: Expanding your Repertoire, Range, Variety…etc.

If you remember back to Quick Tip #4, we talked about how beginning writers should practice first writing what they know and feeling confident expressing themselves in simpler, more direct ways.  But what about intermediate writers looking to spread their literary wings? Thankfully, as described in a recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you …

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Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Style

Welcome back to the tips and tricks self-editing series! We’ve already talked about content and organization, so today we’re going to explore style. Copyrights belong to geonetric.com. Style refers to the way a writer uses words and makes sentences—in essence, what makes each writer unique. Every time you get comments back on an assignment that …

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