Being a Writing Center consultant isn’t always the most glamorous job. Students may come into the Center with different expectations than you, resulting in a frustrating or uneventful discussion. Maybe students only show up for extra credit, or maybe they are having a bad day. This is when the job is work. This is when… Read More Why My Job Is So Rewarding
Raise your hand, students, if you believe that writing is only important and valued in English courses. Oh, good—I’m glad to see that your hands aren’t up. Whew! I knew you were smart enough not to fall for that one. Here’s the catch, though—we all know that writing (and good academic writing, to be clear)… Read More “I Won’t Have to Write for That Class…Right?”
Whenever I have an essay or some form of a written assignment, I like to jump right in and start writing. No outline, no big plans, just me typing whatever ideas pop into my head. I always like to save the editing and revising part for last. Usually when I start to read my work… Read More Mix It Up!
Before reading this blog post, I challenge you to step away from your predetermined thoughts of writing and see it from an alternate perspective. Writing does not always have to be academic, serious, or considered as “work.” Writing can be attacked from multiple angles with different incentives and outcomes. Moreover, no matter what, the best… Read More Writing for the Soul
Primary school English education focuses on literary works in the form of short stories, novels, poetry, and evaluates students through written essays analyzing common characteristics found in these works. What often goes untouched, even in university level courses, is the role of written communication in STEM fields. When focusing on Human A&P, Organic Chemistry, participating… Read More The Importance of Writing in STEM Fields
Recently, I read James Baldwin’s “A Letter to My Nephew”, which I would characterize as an intimate text that speaks about race from one generation to the next. Baldwin starts the letter with: “I have begun this letter five times and torn it up five times.” Not only does the first sentence imply Baldwin’s difficulty… Read More Writing: A Lifelong Process with Revision
We know, it’s weird. You’re already coming for help on that super stressful philosophy paper that you have no idea what you’re even saying and now someone wants to read the paper out loud? We totally understand your queasy feeling and sweaty palms, but let me explain why we do this at John Carroll’s Writing… Read More Why We Ask to Read The Paper Aloud