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
Welcome back, JCU! We hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break enjoying family and friends. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, the workload is starting to pile up. Assignments all start to hit at once, making these last few weeks just a bit stressful. Not to mention, it’s time for final papers! As… Read More Finals Week Writing Tips
Some days, I sit down to write a paper and all of my thoughts come pouring out together. Things seem to flow and click, kind of like the grace of a speedy cashier at the grocery store who scans and stacks the food perfectly. Other days, I don’t even want to sit down because I… Read More 5 Writing Tips Straight from Famous Writers Themselves
A blank page is daunting. Trust me, I know. Starting this blog post was almost as intimidating as making a speech in front of a thousand important people (except worse because there is no comfort in picturing a blank page in its underwear). We’ve all been there before, right? We receive an assignment that may… Read More Why the First Step to Writing a Paper Should be Not Writing the Paper
Why does John Carroll make everyone take a writing course? As a graduate instructor of English 125, I begin each semester asking this question and spend the rest of the semester defending the answer. Freshman year is exhilarating—you’re freed from home, responsible for your own living and learning, and discovering who you are. Then, you’re… Read More Why EN 125 Matters: A Student Friendly Guide
Attention! Writers, we must prepare for war! We must tighten up our armies! And we must win this war! At this point, you are utterly confused as to what war we are fighting, what armies are, and what we are trying win. By the end of this blog post, you will understand. Now at ease.… Read More Prepare for the War Against Passive Voice!