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William Safire’s Great Rules of Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use … Continue reading

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Essay Writing as Communication

Essays are the primary, if not the only, means by which students communicate their thoughts and analyses to professors. In some ways, essay-writing is a performative art. Similar to a one-night-only concert, you only get one shot (unless you have … Continue reading

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Grammar Tips from a Sage Tutor

In editing my own work and in looking over many essays by other students as a Workshop tutor, I’ve noticed a few grammar errors that are especially pervasive. Based on my observations, I’ve recognized consistent mistakes in regards to plural agreement, … Continue reading

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Detangle the Dangle: How to Avoid Misplaced/Dangling Modifiers

In editing my own work and in looking over many essays by other students, I have noticed that misplaced and dangling modifiers are among the most pervasive of grammar errors. This post will provide an uncomplicated guide to staying away … Continue reading

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Production in Print: An Inside Look at the Argus, Part III

This is the third in a three-part series by Alison Cies ’11 examining and explaining the inner workings of The Argus. Parts I and II were published on May 24 and May 29, respectively. On many occasions, I have found … Continue reading

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Production in Print: An Inside Look at the Argus, Part II

This is the second in a three-part series by Alison Cies ’11 examining and explaining the inner workings of The Argus. Part I was published on May 24 and Part III will be published on June 3. On many occasions, … Continue reading

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Good Grammar for Dummies: Quick tips to help you improve your writing anytime, anywhere

When you’re done writing a draft, the task of editing your grammar can be daunting—but it’s still critical! While you may no longer get “points off” for grammar mistakes, poor grammar can make your writing hard, or downright impossible, to understand. … Continue reading

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Production in Print: An Inside Look at the Argus, Part I

This is the first in a three-part series by Alison Cies ’11 examining and explaining the inner workings of The Argus. Part II will be published on May 29 and Part III on June 3. On many occasions, I have … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Student Journalist

Journalism is alive at Wesleyan—in the Argus, within smaller publications, on Wesleying and other student blogs, and, most recently, in the curriculum, in the form of Forward Editor Jane Eisner’s course, “The Journalist as Citizen.” Innumerable books and websites are … Continue reading

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Writing Clearly and Comprehensibly

The eroticization of post-capitalist hegemony is, and yet is not, the discourse of pedagogical institutions.i I used the University of Chicago’s academic sentence generator to create this wonderful sentence.  This website, courtesy of U Chicago’s Writing Program, is an entertaining … Continue reading

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