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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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 2

Welcome to the second - and final - section of this series. Now that you have a more complete understanding of what constitutes academic writing, we can move on and observe professional writing. Professional writing is defined as a type of written communication usually conducted and executed in the workplace. Professional writing usually involves the …

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Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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Meme of the Week #29: How to Read a Poem

For some readers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "poetry analysis essay." Some people hear these words and, almost instantaneously, they get this look on their faces: Suddenly, class discussions become like this: because people are thinking things like: But poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. The Atlantic is here to help. This …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 1

Some of our readers might be graduating in December.  As a preview to the types of writing you can expect in your future, we're doing a short series highlighting the differences between academic and professional writing. Here's Part I: Finishing up an academic degree and moving into a professional setting can present its own set …

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is not just a holiday for children (and adults) to eat excessive amounts of candy.  There's some spooky good writing out there to enjoy as well! Take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy one of our favorites: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" as interpreted by The Simpsons.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLiXjaPqSyY  

Even Writers Can Be Late Bloomers: Jason Reynolds

The 18th century writer Alexander Pope is a well-known child prodigy.  His Pastorals, which made him famous, was published when he was just a teen. Now he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after the legendary William Shakespeare. But not all of us can be like Alexander Pope. Today, …

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Three Approaches to Freewriting

All too often, we have many expectations for what our paper should look like. It needs the proper format, correct grammar, or a compelling hook. It’s natural to imitate what is mandated by an instructor and hope for full credit. But when we weigh ourselves down with these surface-level expectations at first, it’s difficult to …

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Did You Know That? (A Periodic Series): The O.E.D. and Me

The Oxford English Dictionary (or the O.E.D.) is arguably the most comprehensive English dictionary in the world.  If a word is officially recognized by scholars, then it (and the word's origin) can be found in the O.E.D. Sure, the O.E.D started to allow text slang like "OMG!" and "LOL" a few years ago, but did …

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#WhyIWrite: National Day on Writing

Sometimes, writing feels like this comic: But, sometimes, writing feels more like this image: Today, we're celebrating the National Day on Writing.  What's that?  Here's the explanation from the National Council of Teachers of English: Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and …

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