The Writing Center

Archives - 41 Articles

Famous Writers Talk about Writing

Famous Writers Talk about Writing

Have you ever wondered how famous writers make such beautiful words flow from their pens (or their word processors)? In this article, I’ll show you what some of the most well-known writers of the century have said about how writing is done.

Read More »
Ghostwriters and Writing Centers

Ghostwriters and Writing Centers

Being a writing professional in the Writing Center is, in some ways, the opposite of being a ghostwriter. While I trained myself to be a skilled technician who treats the client as the author during my time as a ghostwriter, a writing center tutor’s purpose is to empower the client as a writer.

Read More »
Adapting to the Language Conventions of Your Audience

Adapting to the Language Conventions of Your Audience

A year out of college, I got a job at National Journal, a political media company in Washington, D.C. The team I was on researched political advocacy tactics and produced reports recommending certain strategies to our readers. Early in my time there, a humbling experience occurred to me with some frequency.

Read More »
Avoid Late Night Binge-Writing

Avoid Late Night Binge-Writing

On the first day of class, your instructor described a future writing assignment. The deadline was nowhere in sight, and you had plenty of time to work on it. Or not work on it. But, eventually, plenty of time dwindled down: the paper is due tomorrow and you still haven’t begun.

Read More »
Collaborative Writing

Collaborative Writing

If you’re like most people, you probably think of writing as something you do alone at your desk, puzzling out words and paragraphs and organizational structures by yourself. Sure, you might ask a friend for feedback occasionally, or maybe even go to the writing center for a little extra guidance. But those are exceptions.

Read More »
Video Tutoring

Video Tutoring

In addition to email and conventional face-to-face tutoring, the Writing Center now offers video tutoring. Writers can talk to tutors as they do in face-to-face meetings, and share their drafts on the screen. But these benefits of a real-time session come without having to be on campus in the Writing Center.

Read More »
Transitioning to College Writing

Transitioning to College Writing

So, you’re fresh out of high school and getting your start in the world of higher education. You walk into your first composition class, ready to knock out whatever your professor throws your way. Maybe you took an advanced English class or two in high school. Maybe you never learned analysis but scraped by with plenty of summary. You feel good, even confident that this will be a breeze. Then your professor says, “Forget everything you learned in high school English.”

Read More »
The Mathematics of Writing

The Mathematics of Writing

If you’re reading this article, then it means you want to actively improve your writing, which likely means that writing is not your primary field, interest, or occupation. Luckily, we are going to explore a way of looking at writing that you may never have considered before and which may apply more directly to your field, interests, or occupation.

Read More »
Considering Audience

Considering Audience

The importance of considering audience often goes overlooked. You might find the thought redundant suspecting (often correctly) only one person reads your paper: the instructor. Yet, tailoring your paper for the teacher may not be the best advice.

Read More »