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What The #$*&! Am I Going To Write About?

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Sometimes, I really loathe writing. I tend to cycle through insufferable stages of insecurity. Typically, this downward spiral that tests the strength of my sanity begins when I feel like I have no idea of what I want to say. There is nothing more terrifying to a writer than the realization, “I lost my voice.

Congratulations to Roger Austin!!

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Congratulations go out to Roger Austin, one of our Marian E. Wright Writing Center tutors! Roger was accepted into the PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. This fall he intends to focus his studies in writing center theory and first year or developmental composition. He and his wife plan

Scheduling Appointments

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Appointments at the Marian E. Wright writing center are primarily set up between thirty minute and one hour appointments.  It is important to note that the guidelines regarding these two types of appointments are based on the length of the paper that will be discussed. It is suggested that students make appointments of 30 minutes

Scheduling Success

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“If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”  –Eihei Dōgen   I recently immersed myself in the craft of shaving with a nineteenth-century straight razor. It’s an interesting journey for sure, and the benefits are numerous. There are no more nicks and scratches, it saves

Personal Statements and Scholarship Essays

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It’s that time of year again: Time to submit scholarship and admission applications! This is always a frustrating time for students, because there are so many extras involved in the application process. Asking for recommendation letters, writing essays, and composing the ever-ambiguous purpose statement can lead to what I like to call “application freak-out.” Application

Read to Write

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As tutors we often hear students’ frustrations about not being able to have enough to write about for writing assignments. If this is a problem for you, the first thing you might want to try is reading. This might not be the best time to pick up the latest vampire series, though. Try reading something

“I Had an Idea…but Now It’s Gone.”

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Have you ever had a brilliant idea, but when it came time to write it down couldn’t remember what it was? I had that happen recently. It was coming up for my turn to write a blog post for the Writing Center, and I came up with something that I thought would be a great

What’s up for Winter?

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Welcome back!  We’re gearing up for a new semester of reading, writing, and speaking. Here are the services you can check out at the Writing Center this semester: Tutoring for writing and public speaking Online tutoring for writing (available for online classes) Resources to help with MLA, APA, and other types of citations Weekly tutoring

Shared Learning

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For me, one of the many sources of joy is helping someone understand something they were having difficulties with. It is wonderful when I see the twinkle in the eye or the proverbial light turn on. The twinkle in the eye and the proverbial light turning on tells me the path to success is not