MARIAN E. WRIGHT WRITING CENTER

Serving students and faculty since 1971

The importance of expression

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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,

Love Stinks Writing Contest Short Story Winner

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We want to congratulate Carmelle-Arianna Roanski, who wrote the winning short story for our 6th Annual Love Stinks Writing Contest! I Was Culpable By Carmelle-Arianna Rozanski “What do you think?” I’m cognizant enough to recognize that a question had been asked. As to whether I care? “Yeah, that sounds like a good plan.” I don’t.

Becoming a “replacement”: The lessons learned

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Entering a new role in life is always hard. The uncertainties and self-doubt of whether you’ll actually be good at the new thing you’ve set out to do are ever-present. If you’re lucky, the right people will come along to guide you and give you confidence. I was. With the help of my tutor-emeritus friends,

Thesis Statements

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By: Laura Griglak Everyone knows that thesis statements are important. They set up your main argument and offer a guide for readers to refer back to. And yet, constructing an effective thesis statement is a lot like herding cats. One second the wily devil is within your grasp, and the next, it is lost in

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

Where has the time gone?

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By: Laura Griglak Being an adult is hard. As an adult in college, you are expected to manage a growing army of responsibilities. These include, but are certainly not limited to: living on your own (often for the first time), paying bills (what’s that about?), and, let’s not forget, mountains of homework (fun fun). And

Dust to Dust

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Cherish Dean was the winner of our 2019 Spooktacular Flash Fiction Writing Contest. It was a picturesque day when Natalie carried groceries into her suburban family home. Red heels clicked across polished wood floors. Skirt swished with each step. “Honeyyyy,” she called, “I’m home!” Nobody sat back in the recliner or dented the loveseat’s cushions

Why We Write

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There’s a fallacy out there in society today that says writing is irrelevant. Vlogs, podcasts, and short-form social media add credence to the idea that current and future generations will learn and communicate through spoken, not written, word.  Opposed to this popular new concept is The University; seen these days by the young as a

Spooktacular Flash Fiction Writing Contest!

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The semester is well-underway now, as well as the spooky month of October, and we at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center have been busy! We have a writing contest going on for October and Halloween. If you are a UM-Flint student, faculty member, or staff, you can submit a piece of writing to our