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Freewriting Your Way Past Writer’s Block

April 3, 2024

Freewriting Your Way Past Writer’s Block By Amery, a Writing Coach Everyone’s probably heard the terms ‘writer’s block’ or ‘blank page syndrome’ before. For someone as self-critical of my writing as I am, though, none of those words seem to … Read more

Writing Soundscapes

January 31, 2024

Writing Soundscapes By Karah, a Writing Center Coach I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with music and writing. Thinking back on when I first began writing for personal enjoyment as a teenager, it’s strange to realize how I did … Read more

Writing for Mental Health

December 1, 2023

Writing for Mental Health By Katie, a Writing Coach January 2023 During the last few years, I kept hearing that writing can be a tool to improve mental health. Despite being someone who loves writing, whether it be writing creative … Read more

Writing from Silence, Reading with Music

April 20, 2023

Writing from Silence, Reading with Music By alex, a Writing Center Coach In my experience, I tend to write and read in a variety of places and often listen to music, but I’ve also begun to appreciate silence. In this … Read more

App Spotlight! Focusmate

June 16, 2022

Introducing……”App Spotlights!” In our new series, our writing and learning coaches share some of their favorite websites and applications! Today Writing Coach Sherah reviews Focusmate.

A Blog about Blogging

May 12, 2022

I started blogging in my twenties when I moved across the globe, was desperately lonely and terrified, stressed and elated and thriving and stagnating all at once. I wrote to remember what was happening to me. I wrote to imbue my little life with meaning.

Puzzles and Blank Screens

April 21, 2022

The clock was ticking. I had gone home for Winter Break, and my sister had given me a Christmas present, a jigsaw puzzle intended to hang in my admittedly bare apartment. It was a great idea in theory, but now I felt as though I had a task to complete before returning to my apartment.

How I Made My Life Easier By Using A Synthesis Matrix

March 24, 2022

How I Made My Life Easier By Using A Synthesis Matrix: I’ve always enjoyed writing and thought myself quite good at it before getting to college. Of course, a lot of the writing you do then is for English class, reading one book and writing about it; you still have to work at figuring out your focus and how to support it, but the “research” aspect is limited. Stepping outside of a traditional English paper is another step, one that I was hit with when I first started college and had to write for other subjects.

The Secret(s) to Getting Through Long Papers

February 24, 2022

It’s the beginning of the semester—meaning, as a graduate student, it’s time for me to get back into the groove of planning and writing long papers. For me, the hardest part of approaching a paper is coming up with a topic that will stay interesting to me throughout the research and writing process. A good example of this is from the end of last semester, when I found myself dreading the final paper for my archives class. We covered so many interesting topics in the class, it was hard to decide which one to choose.