“Four Score and Seven Years Ago… I started my thesis statement”

What do a research paper, a business memo, and a rhetorical analysis have in common? Aside from the fact that they are often written the night before the due date, they all require a thesis statement. One of the toughest stages in the essay writing process usually comes with the first step: understanding where to … Continue reading “Four Score and Seven Years Ago… I started my thesis statement”

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 … Continue reading The Books of Spring Break

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Yippee! It's Spring Break! If you aren't heading to the beach next week, you might be at home writing all those papers you've been putting off.  To help, we thought we'd take a look at the writing process:  Grant Snider, the mastermind behind Incidental Comics, has a sense of humor about writing styles...and the inspiration … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Quick Tip #11: Our Daily Words (Setting a Writing Routine)

If every time you sit down to write you end up feeling like the person below... ...it might not be the assignment's fault.* Rather, it might be time to look in the mirror and then look at your writing habits. We've talked before about the problems of procrastination, but there's another way to tackle your writing woes. … Continue reading Quick Tip #11: Our Daily Words (Setting a Writing Routine)

Part 4: “So what?” A Writing Series

Welcome to our final week of asking the "so what?" question.  Let's get started. So what about research papers?  Again, start by asking the essential question: What does the paper want? Research papers demand thoroughness. These assignments do not benefit from incomplete or missing information since the prompts tend to be wide enough to encompass … Continue reading Part 4: “So what?” A Writing Series

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week our Writing Specialist Nicky Lai offers a quick look at her favorite comic series - Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Snoopy is a wise and clever beagle. He can relate to the many writing concerns that students may face while writing an essay and wants to offer us some tips of the trade! (All these comics appear … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

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 … Continue reading The Words I Listen to…Podcasts for Writers

Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

And we're back! So what about persuasive/argumentative papers? Again, the first question to ask is: What does the paper want? Persuasive/argumentative papers are like debates: they give you a chance to prove why you’re right while offering a rebuttal to the opposing side. These papers rely on not just substantial evidence, but clear, organized arguments that … Continue reading Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week's contribution comes from Writing Specialist Sheldon Hentschke: Calvin and Hobbes was always my favorite comic when I was a kid, and it still is now that I'm a slightly larger kid. Looking back on some of these comics, I think it would be...interesting, shall we say, to see Calvin at the Writing Center. I … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Quick Tip #10: The art of the “hook”

Here's a question: would you rather read a biographical essay about Shakespeare that started like this: This paper will be about Shakespeare, a dramatist and poet who is very famous in England and around the world. He was baptized on April 26, 1564 in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon. [...] or, like this? "To be … Continue reading Quick Tip #10: The art of the “hook”