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 … Continue reading Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

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

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 … Continue reading Welcome Back…And Welcome to the Writing Process!

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 … Continue reading Writing for Change: Helpful Tips

#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 … Continue reading #2bORnot2b: Meme of the Week #2

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

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 … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Style

Welcome Back to the Writing Center!

Photo courtesy of Maria Judnick Welcome back, Spartans! Here at the Writing Center, we're looking forward to another great year!  Over the next few weeks you'll see a lot of helpful craft posts from our Writing Specialists every other Thursday, but we'd also like to hear from you! What would YOU like to see in … Continue reading Welcome Back to the Writing Center!