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Writing Prompts for the Week: 12/9/2014

WRITING PROMPT #1  Write a short prose piece beginning with the line “They didn’t know what to say to each other.”   -OR- WRITING PROMPT #2   Write a poem, story, or essay that includes all of the following words:

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 12/9/2014

WRITING PROMPT #1  Write a short prose piece beginning with the line “They didn’t know what to say to each other.”   -OR- WRITING PROMPT #2   Write a poem, story, or essay that includes all of the following words:

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Preparing for Different Types of Speeches

by Janelle Davis   Your instructor asks you to present on your research during the last day of class. Writing is something you are comfortable with, but public speaking? It gives you sweaty palms and rampant nerves. The first thing

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Preparing for Different Types of Speeches

by Janelle Davis   Your instructor asks you to present on your research during the last day of class. Writing is something you are comfortable with, but public speaking? It gives you sweaty palms and rampant nerves. The first thing

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 11/18/14

WRITING PROMPT #1  N+7 is a method developed by the OuLiPo experimental writing group as a means of generating text. Take a source text (a poem, a text message, an email, a Facebook post, something you or someone else has

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 11/18/14

WRITING PROMPT #1  N+7 is a method developed by the OuLiPo experimental writing group as a means of generating text. Take a source text (a poem, a text message, an email, a Facebook post, something you or someone else has

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What inspires you? What serves as your muse?

Poem by Kristoffer Warren

The Peer Consultants at the Writing and Communication Center don’t just help other people with writing–they love to write, too! From academic papers to short stories and poems, the WaCC staff have a diverse range of writing interests. Here’s a

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What inspires you? What serves as your muse?

Poem by Kristoffer Warren

The Peer Consultants at the Writing and Communication Center don’t just help other people with writing–they love to write, too! From academic papers to short stories and poems, the WaCC staff have a diverse range of writing interests. Here’s a

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 11/11/14

We aren’t having Red Couch Writers this week, but fear not! Here are some writing prompts to get you going:   WRITING PROMPT #1  Write about how you felt the moment you were lied to by someone close. What did

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 11/11/14

We aren’t having Red Couch Writers this week, but fear not! Here are some writing prompts to get you going:   WRITING PROMPT #1  Write about how you felt the moment you were lied to by someone close. What did

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Reading Scholarly Articles: Part Two

This is part two in a series on reading scholarly articles. Read the previous entry here. by Kristoffer Warren Academic reading is challenging no matter what level you’re at, but it does get easier with experience. Here are four key

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Reading Scholarly Articles: Part Two

This is part two in a series on reading scholarly articles. Read the previous entry here. by Kristoffer Warren Academic reading is challenging no matter what level you’re at, but it does get easier with experience. Here are four key

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Passive Voice Returns!

This is part three of three in a series on passive voice. Read the previous entries here and here.     by Janelle Davis   So after spending two whole blog posts ragging on passive voice, it’s now time for

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Passive Voice Returns!

This is part three of three in a series on passive voice. Read the previous entries here and here.     by Janelle Davis   So after spending two whole blog posts ragging on passive voice, it’s now time for

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Reading Scholarly Articles: Part One

by Kristoffer Warren When I entered college, “scholarly reading” was an entirely new concept to me. Reading high school classics like Hamlet did not prepare me for Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality or other texts by scholars, researchers, and scientists. When

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Reading Scholarly Articles: Part One

by Kristoffer Warren When I entered college, “scholarly reading” was an entirely new concept to me. Reading high school classics like Hamlet did not prepare me for Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality or other texts by scholars, researchers, and scientists. When

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 10/14

WRITING PROMPT #1 Choose a poem. Any poem. Choose at random. Choose meticulously. Choose any way you’d like. Take the last line of the poem and use it as the first line of the poem you’re about to write. WRITING

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Writing Prompts for the Week: 10/14

WRITING PROMPT #1 Choose a poem. Any poem. Choose at random. Choose meticulously. Choose any way you’d like. Take the last line of the poem and use it as the first line of the poem you’re about to write. WRITING

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Writing Prompts for the Week

It’s easy to get stuck in your writing. Maybe you can’t seem to think of any ideas. Maybe you have an idea that you can’t quite put to paper. In situations like these, writing prompts can be useful: they get

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Writing Prompts for the Week

It’s easy to get stuck in your writing. Maybe you can’t seem to think of any ideas. Maybe you have an idea that you can’t quite put to paper. In situations like these, writing prompts can be useful: they get

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Fall 2014 Workshops: Red Couch Writers and Grammar Hour

Need a quiet space to write and discuss your work? Looking for a quick answer to a grammar question that’s been plaguing you? Worry no more! The Writing and Communication Center has your back every week with both our Grammar

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Fall 2014 Workshops: Red Couch Writers and Grammar Hour

Need a quiet space to write and discuss your work? Looking for a quick answer to a grammar question that’s been plaguing you? Worry no more! The Writing and Communication Center has your back every week with both our Grammar

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Passively This Story Was Written

This post is part of an ongoing series on passive voice. Be on the lookout for an upcoming post by Janelle Davis, who will write about ways to effectively use passive voice.   by Kyle Piper Three weeks had been

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Passively This Story Was Written

This post is part of an ongoing series on passive voice. Be on the lookout for an upcoming post by Janelle Davis, who will write about ways to effectively use passive voice.   by Kyle Piper Three weeks had been

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Passive Voice: Every Writer’s Nemesis

This post is part of an ongoing series on passive voice. Be on the lookout for upcoming posts by Janelle Davis, who will write about ways to effectively use passive voice, and Kyle Piper, who demonstrates passive voice usage through

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Passive Voice: Every Writer’s Nemesis

This post is part of an ongoing series on passive voice. Be on the lookout for upcoming posts by Janelle Davis, who will write about ways to effectively use passive voice, and Kyle Piper, who demonstrates passive voice usage through

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House Of Leaves

by Kyle P. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves is the story of a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and his family whose lives descend into surreal terror following the discovery that their new house in the Virginia countryside hides an

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House Of Leaves

by Kyle P. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves is the story of a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and his family whose lives descend into surreal terror following the discovery that their new house in the Virginia countryside hides an

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Chapbook Binding Workshop May 13th

A chapbook is a short book (up to 40 pages) which is bound using a simple stitch or a stapler and often printed cheaply. Many poets and fiction writers have used chapbooks to distribute their own works, yet in the

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Chapbook Binding Workshop May 13th

A chapbook is a short book (up to 40 pages) which is bound using a simple stitch or a stapler and often printed cheaply. Many poets and fiction writers have used chapbooks to distribute their own works, yet in the

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Putting your best foot forward: A reflection on writing personal statements

By Will Jonsson Nearing my graduation, I find myself back in the territory of writing personal statements: something I thought I was done with after getting admitted into my degree program here at UWB. With every personal statement I have

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Putting your best foot forward: A reflection on writing personal statements

By Will Jonsson Nearing my graduation, I find myself back in the territory of writing personal statements: something I thought I was done with after getting admitted into my degree program here at UWB. With every personal statement I have

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Excercise #4 – Ninja Haikus

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the WaCC Ninja describes how to write haiku You may want to begin by recalling a quietly striking moment that you want to capture. Think of a haiku as a snapshot image of a

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Excercise #4 – Ninja Haikus

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the WaCC Ninja describes how to write haiku You may want to begin by recalling a quietly striking moment that you want to capture. Think of a haiku as a snapshot image of a

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Excercise #3 – The Reverse Outline

The exercise:  Create a reverse outline from a free-write exercise The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and organizing drafts in particular The steps: Pick a topic below (or from a previous exercise) or come up with

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Excercise #3 – The Reverse Outline

The exercise:  Create a reverse outline from a free-write exercise The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and organizing drafts in particular The steps: Pick a topic below (or from a previous exercise) or come up with

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Excercise #2: The No-Risk Compare & Contrast Paper

The exercise: Write a compare and contrast paper to seriously compare two low-stakes and/or silly things The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and brainstorming and comparing/contrasting in particular The steps: 1.  Pick a topic below or

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Excercise #2: The No-Risk Compare & Contrast Paper

The exercise: Write a compare and contrast paper to seriously compare two low-stakes and/or silly things The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and brainstorming and comparing/contrasting in particular The steps: 1.  Pick a topic below or

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The Aesthetics of Form; or, I Can’t Write Unless It Looks Pretty

by Travis Sharp It may sound weird, but I begin writing by choosing a font. If I am writing a paper for class, for example, I will go straight for the 12-pt Times New Roman. A mainstay in academic writing,

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The Aesthetics of Form; or, I Can’t Write Unless It Looks Pretty

by Travis Sharp It may sound weird, but I begin writing by choosing a font. If I am writing a paper for class, for example, I will go straight for the 12-pt Times New Roman. A mainstay in academic writing,

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Expert Opinions from Non-Experts

We’ve all been given tips on writing. Some of us seek this advice; others of us receive it unsolicited. Often the advice we receive is refreshingly helpful. But what about advice that’s just awful? We all hear it. I struck

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Expert Opinions from Non-Experts

We’ve all been given tips on writing. Some of us seek this advice; others of us receive it unsolicited. Often the advice we receive is refreshingly helpful. But what about advice that’s just awful? We all hear it. I struck

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Where Are We Going? Keeping Your Audience on Track During Presentations

How many times have you ridden in a car with a friend who “knows exactly where they’re going!” only to arrive white-knuckled, shaking, long after you expected, having wandering all over town hunting for your destination at breakneck speed? Hopefully

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Where Are We Going? Keeping Your Audience on Track During Presentations

How many times have you ridden in a car with a friend who “knows exactly where they’re going!” only to arrive white-knuckled, shaking, long after you expected, having wandering all over town hunting for your destination at breakneck speed? Hopefully

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Exercise #1 – The No-Risk Argumentative Paper

The exercise: Write an argumentative paper to seriously argue something low-stakes and silly. The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and arguing in particular The steps: Pick a topic below or come up with your own. Why

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Exercise #1 – The No-Risk Argumentative Paper

The exercise: Write an argumentative paper to seriously argue something low-stakes and silly. The purpose: To become more confident with writing in general and arguing in particular The steps: Pick a topic below or come up with your own. Why

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Don’t Send Glitter: Proper Ways to Say “Thank You”

By Will Jonsson Recently I was writing thank-you notes to a few of my professors and other faculty who wrote letters of recommendation on my behalf. After searching around on the internet, I found that advice about these is sparse

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Don’t Send Glitter: Proper Ways to Say “Thank You”

By Will Jonsson Recently I was writing thank-you notes to a few of my professors and other faculty who wrote letters of recommendation on my behalf. After searching around on the internet, I found that advice about these is sparse

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Revisit: Science Writing: Structure Will Set You Free

By Jasleena Grewal ScientificResearch Most of us have used UW Bothell’s library database to find research articles, and we have experienced the jargon-filled discourse of so-and-so’s evaluation of the umpteenth law of the bla-dee-bla. As we progress in IAS programs,

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Revisit: Science Writing: Structure Will Set You Free

By Jasleena Grewal ScientificResearch Most of us have used UW Bothell’s library database to find research articles, and we have experienced the jargon-filled discourse of so-and-so’s evaluation of the umpteenth law of the bla-dee-bla. As we progress in IAS programs,

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Veteran to Veteran

On November 11th, we celebrated Veteran’s Day. This reminded me of all the people who served before me, with me, and are still serving today. Leaving the Marine Corps was something I regretted for many years. I couldn’t help but

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Veteran to Veteran

On November 11th, we celebrated Veteran’s Day. This reminded me of all the people who served before me, with me, and are still serving today. Leaving the Marine Corps was something I regretted for many years. I couldn’t help but

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Kyle Recommends: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Whenever Douglas Adams is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is almost certainly going to be the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. His other works tend to be overshadowed by Hitchhiker’s Guide, so I’d like to bring

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Kyle Recommends: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Whenever Douglas Adams is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is almost certainly going to be the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. His other works tend to be overshadowed by Hitchhiker’s Guide, so I’d like to bring

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