MARIAN E. WRIGHT WRITING CENTER

Serving students and faculty since 1971

Tea, Tutoring, and Skeletons: A Tutor’s Story

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Usually, you’ll find Luther Houle in the Writing Center sipping tea out of his favorite mug, a coffee cup with a zen-happy pig on the front. He received it last year as a new tutor award. Luther’s a low-key, happy guy and students love him. He’s kind, patient, and nurturing. It’s not uncommon to hear

Error Positive

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Not all, but many students come to the writing center frazzled, worried, and unsure about their writing. With desperate eyes they hope the tutor can help them figure out what their next steps should be or how to make what they have acceptable to a professor. They fear the red pen signaling mistakes and failure,

Welcome Back: Walk-In Tutoring and More Changes

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Hello, University of Michigan-Flint, and welcome back for the Winter 2019 semester! Whiteboard art compliments of Laura, Tutor at MEW The Marian E. Wright Writing Center is open again, and we’ve made a few changes since you last saw us. Schedule: our hours have changed, and we’re now open on Sundays. Our new hours are

Dealing with Logjams: For When the Words are Stubborn

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Not too long ago, my family visited Lumberman’s Monument.  It’s on the Au Sable River west of Oscoda, and if you haven’t been, I recommend it (although I think Iargo Springs, a few miles down the road, is even better).  The views are excellent, the monument itself oddly compelling and vivid for being a bunch

Love Stinks Contest Winner — Poetry

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We would like to congratulate Andrew Wassell on their winning poetry submission, entitled “Love Poem” for the “Love Stinks” contest! Love Poem From a cold beach, in November’s evening There amongst the icy pillars weaving A whole seven of my life’s ten threads in, There to stay, I shall live in joy and die without

Love Stinks Contest Winner — Short Story

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We would like to congratulate Christopher Dinnan on his Love Stinks winning short story, entitled “Real Life Romance!” Real Life Romance As I turn the key, I sigh. My breath mimics the engine as it dies. I die, but only a little. I’m home. The car, and I, share a groan, as I get out.

Profiles in Process: Laura G.

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Sometimes the best way to pick up new tips and tricks is to see how other people work through a task.  With that in mind, here’s a peek into the writing process of Laura, one of our illustrious tutors. Thanks for volunteering, Laura! What are your favorite pre-writing strategies? What works for you? My favorite pre-writing

Lists Are Great: Pre-writing for the organization-phobic

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I admire organized people.  I really do.  They have planners and charts and spreadsheets and pay their bills on time, and generally seem to have their stuff together.  That’s probably pretty cool.  I am not an organized person, so I wouldn’t know.  I spend a lot of my time at the ragged edge of disaster,

What the heck is “The First Five Minutes”?

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If you’ve been to UM-Flint’s Marian E. Wright writing center before, you might be aware that the tutor will often ask you about your day or about the assignment before we begin going over the paper. Why do we do this? At the writing center, we call this “The First Five Minutes”. The First Five