#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we thought we'd start the conversation about the perceptions of writers and writing with a humorous take.  Remember these memes from a few years ago? Well, we dove back into the recesses of the internet to find some classics about academia and writing...like this one: and this one: or these perceptions about specific …

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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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The Wrap-Up: Parting Advice from Graduating Specialists

All good things must come to an end, and that's especially true this year at SJSU. While we are happy so many of our beloved Writing Specialists are graduating, we'll be sad to see them go! But, never fear, we asked each of them to offer one final piece of advice for us. Tim: Preparation …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

There's a reason why we sometimes say we're "running on fumes" when we're exhausted. The same can be true for our writing lives - there are days when you just can't bring yourself to write one more word.  What do you do in those situations? Well, for some writers, they turn to food...for both comfort …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Tomorrow is Earth Day! To celebrate, we've put together some great images and quotes about our planet... from the inspirational:               to the silly:             to the sublime: (In case you don't know the history of the "Earthrise" image, you can watch this video). Of course, …

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Appreciating Multilingual Writers

It's easy to be convinced that Google is the omniscient computer than can do anything. And, for the most part, the technology is pretty advanced. But have you ever used Google translate for English? We have. Here's what happens when you translate the Preamble of the Constitution into multiple languages: English: We the People of …

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Where do your ideas come from?

As someone who is often working on a writing project, I get asked this question: "Where the heck do all those ideas come from?" And while I could answer in an opaque, "artistic" way about the muses and the gifts of the creative spirits, there are some practical methods I've discovered over the years, first …

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Quick Tip #12: We’re all poets…and didn’t know it?

It's April...aka While there are many ways you can celebrate, why not try to write your own poetry? Remember that conversation we had about a daily writing practice? April might be just the inspiration you need. But how do you become a masterful poet when you don't think of yourself as an artist? A friend …

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The Books of Spring Break

Hooray for Spring Break! From all of us here at the Writing Center - we're looking forward to a little R, R, & R: Rest, Relaxation, & Reading! In case you need some "beach reading" inspiration, we've got you covered: From our Writing Specialists: Ines: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom is succinct enough to …

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The Words I Listen to…Podcasts for Writers

It's getting close to Spring Break.  That means it's crunch time - every time you turn around, there's another paper to be written, another test to be taken, another lab report to complete.  Where'd all that extra time for all those extra things you promised yourself you'd do to be a "good" student this semester …

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