International Write-In Begins!

You've heard it over and over again - the best way to finish a writing project is to actually start writing.  But, for plenty of people, it's hard to feel motivated to sit down in that desk chair knowing that you might stay there for many hours, typing away at a project. Remember how we've …

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The Write Thanks: Teacher Edition

This year at the Writing Center, we give thanks to those excellent, intelligent teachers in our lives who have bestowed upon us their wealth of knowledge. Where would we be without them? We're thankful for their intellect, their advice, and their commitment to their students. Read on to hear about our favorite teachers. Ajoy Professor: Tye Onone, …

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Better Know A Department: Environmental Studies

Welcome to the second installment of the Better Know a Department series! Our next discipline is Environmental Studies, and our 100W tutor Michelle White has some insightful responses from Shannon Bane, an instructor from the department. With over thirteen years of instruction (and a year spent in our Writing Center as a Faculty-in-Residence), Shannon Bane …

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Celebrating Veteran’s Day

Today, SJSU is observing Veteran's Day and the campus is closed. Thank you to all of our veterans - faculty, staff, and students. Veterans Day was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to forever commemorate November 11 - the day the WWWI armistice was signed. On this day, it has become a tradition to “honor …

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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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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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Ask A Specialist (September): Tutoring is like . . .

Happy Labor Day! In our first "Ask a Specialist" feature for the new school year, we decided to be philosophical and ask about the nature of the work itself. What metaphor would you apply to tutoring? How would you describe your work? Let's see what some of our tutors had to say: Tutoring is like... …

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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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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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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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