MARIAN E. WRIGHT WRITING CENTER

Serving students and faculty since 1971

Coming Home to Campus

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In March of 2020, I left campus as a student for the very last time. Of course, I didn’t know it would be the last time. If I had known, I would have walked through the courtyards for a little bit longer. I would have finished my assignments in the library’s atrium instead of at

In Conclusion…

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Two years. That’s how long I’ve been a writing tutor at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center (M.E.W.). And yet, like all good things, my time at the Writing Center must come to an end. Today is my last day working at M.E.W. and I wanted to commemorate my time here by reflecting on conclusions.

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

Spooktacular Flash Fiction Contest Short Story Winner

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We would like to congratulate Ronan Streby for their winning short story, as part of our Spooktacular Flash Fiction contest! “The Coldwater Incident,” by Ronan Streby My Dad never liked 4th of July much. While everyone else ate barbeque and blew stuff up, he mostly just sat inside and read. He’d never say why, just

Spooktacular Flash Fiction Poetry Contest Winner!

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We would like to congratulate Meghan Bleck for her winning poem, as part of our Spooktacular Flash Fiction contest! Looming, by Meghan Bleck It lurks in the shadowsIt disturbs all my peaceIt strangles me with silenceIt torments like a beast. The sounds it makes both trouble and startle Hitching my breath, was that a gurgle?