MARIAN E. WRIGHT WRITING CENTER

Serving students and faculty since 1971

Pick Your Books Back Up!

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In today’s day and age, it seems like we humans are so distracted by technology and the entertainment that comes along with it that we’re reading and writing less. I love to read and write, but I have recently found myself being entertained in my free time by binge-watching new episodes (or whole seasons) of

The Need to Succeed

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Do you want to be successful in life? Do you want a big house, nice car, loving family, and a household pet named Mr. Biggles? Academia is a great place to start your path to success. A college degree can be a helpful tool in getting that dream job, and the knowledge that comes with

Could We Ever Be Satisfied With Our Writing?

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The simple answer is “no.” It could trace to the way desire works; you can never fully realize what you desire; you can only enjoy trying to realize it. And if trying to realize it makes you miserable or perhaps causes dysfunction, you need help. One of the operative ideas in literate activity is repeating

Writers, Welcome to a New Semester!

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College students are writers. No matter our major, papers are required even though we might not consider ourselves writers. We often think that “real” writers don’t struggle coming up with ideas, drafting or revising. Real writers have inspiration to lead and sustain them through paper after paper.   In order to encourage each other this semester,

Wit and Wisdom Celebrating a Semester’s End

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When a semester begins and academic energy runs high, we in the writing center sign up to lend something insightful to our humble blog archives. Invariably, I sign up for a late-semester date anticipating by then I’ll have something so original—nay, profound—splashing in the mental bucket, it will forever alter the lives of those who

How Do You Play The Game?

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“Volleyball practice ends at seven tonight, ” I yelled as I left for school in the morning. “I’ll be there,” would be my Mom’s reply. This exchange took place every morning, with a few alterations of time and sport. As life wound its way forward, I found the same words echoing through my own home,

Newbies and Veterans: We All Start Somewhere

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I have been a tutor here at the Marian E. Wright writing center since the winter of 2014. My time here has been a learning experience and a growing experience. When I started I remember myself being spirited and motivated, however I was nervous and unsure of myself. With the guidance of many great colleagues,

Know Thy Self: altering your writing process so you can get the job done

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By the time I got to my senior year in college, I was so sick of learning about the writing process. Pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading. All right, all right, I get it. Do we really need to go over this again? One thing that we have to pick up from all this repetition is