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Writing our Way from Kindergarten to College

As the bookends of our academic journeys thus far, our kindergarten classrooms may not seem to have too much in common with our current college experiences.  Crayons and construction paper have been replaced by Mac Book Pros and Google Docs.  … Continue reading

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Why You Should Raise Your Hand

An important question has stuck with me throughout Anne Greene’s “Distinguished Writers/New Voices” course: What do you actually say to writers you admire when they come to speak? Anne Greene requires her students to attend the Russell House lecture series … Continue reading

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How to Get Started When You Don’t Know What to Write

The hardest part of writing is getting started.  In fact, the blank computer screen might be one of the most intimidating things a college student has to face.  Here’s two ways that I begin academic assignments without ever becoming overwhelmed … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Habits: Barbara Fenig

What type of writing do you do? I write fiction, mostly short stories and short-short stories. Where is your favorite place to write? My bedroom. It doesn’t matter if it’s the one at Wesleyan, or at home in New York, … Continue reading

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SPRINKLE THEORY: Indulge Yourself in Writing

Writing is like a chocolate cake.  In fact, it’s like a double-layer chocolate fudge cake with rainbow sprinkles on top, according to a member of the Class of 2013’s Sprinkle Theory. The Sprinkle Theory essentially states that when a grandiose … Continue reading

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More Than the Information: How I Learned to Like My Science Writing

Somehow science has acquired the reputation as a discipline in which writing doesn’t matter. Science students with whom I’ve worked as a writing tutor commonly ask, “Isn’t it the information that counts?” In the end, it is the information that … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Habits: Angela Allan

What type of writing do you do? I write silly poems, and limericks. I really like rhyming. I also write short stories, and song lyrics, and nonsense. Where is your favorite place to write? I’m always inspired to write in … Continue reading

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Academic Writing as Storytelling

For literary historian Hayden White, the writing of history is very much akin to storytelling. Debunking conventional, and especially empiricist, views of the practice of historical writing as a “scientific” enterprise in discovering and unearthing facts of the past, White … Continue reading

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