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: 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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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

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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Writing Center: International Edition and News

Here at the Writing Center, we're always on the move! In big news, our beloved admin Pat is moving to the Art and Art History Department temporarily to help out. Let's welcome Richard as he joins us in the meantime at the Writing Center!   In other news, we love getting mail / hearing updates …

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Orientating and Hiring: News from the Writing Center

Today marks the halfway point of SJSU's Frosh Orientation Sessions! Welcome to the blog if you found our display at the sessions... And while it might be a little early for incoming freshmen to think about being a Writing Specialist, for the rest of our favorite Spartans...we're hiring! We'll be introducing our new Writing Specialists …

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CCCC Photos

We had a great time at the SJSU Regional CCCC! Writing Specialists Ariel Andrew and Saya Morita presented on panels.  Writing Center Director Michelle Hager along with "The Write Attitude" editor (and Digitial Initiatives Coordinator) Maria Judnick led a half-day workshop at the conference. And, thanks to our tips from last Friday's post, none of …

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