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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#2bORnot2B: We all have our font preferences

In school, we're often required to use standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. However, have you ever noticed how strongly people feel about fonts even outside of academia? As we've discovered in this comic, it's not just English teachers who despise Comic Sans, for example... ...and, of course, many people also dislike Papyrus: …

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Happy Banned Books Week!

It's the end of September and so that means many libraries, schools, and universities across the country are busy talking about Banned Books Week. What's it all about?  This short video from the American Library Association can get you up to speed and also mentions some of the most frequently banned books from 2016: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O19TVmXWcyI

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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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Reading is FUNdamental (and cool?)

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like reading is cool again. And while we've previously discussed how much reading is important to students (especially over breaks), I can't help but notice how many more comics I'm seeing about books and reading, like this one (my favorite): Then I took a listen to this recent NPR …

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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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