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
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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,
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
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
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?
Hello! Are you struggling to write a clear thesis statement? Are you trying to figure out how to collect, organize, and make sense of all your research? The Writing Center has two great resources for you! Visit our Writing Resources and Tips page for two great handouts: Thesis Statement Generator Tip Sheet Information Management Chart Each of
For as long as I can remember I have never had a problem with my writing. I would always excel in my English classes growing up and I never felt like I had a problem with how I structured my papers or how I got my information. When I hit my junior year at the
How many of us have stared at a blank computer screen, desperately willing the words to flow effortlessly from our brains to the page? And how many of us, resigned, are forced to admit that it only rarely works that way? Inspiration strikes without warning. It’s fickle and capricious, coming and going randomly. It’s impossible
Sometimes, things are hard. Especially right now, when we’re all self-isolated due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As we all know, in tough situations like this, it’s sometimes difficult to process our thoughts and emotions. I would argue, however, an effective way to do this is creative writing. There are no constraints in creative writing,
We would like to congratulate Rene Ribant-Amthor, who wrote the winning poem for our 6th Annual Love Stinks Writing Contest!