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Blog Topic: Teaching Writing

“I Thought I Was Getting Out of That Business”

Posted on: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 2:05pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing

Not everyone wants to be a writer, but many professionals end up working with words much more often than they anticipated when they began their careers. That’s one reason to take a look at the WWU Writing Program video at the link below, which includes interviews with a number of experts about how they use writing. Some of these practitioners (a lawyer, a history professor) may have known writing would be important to their jobs, but for others that knowledge came as a surprise.

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6 Research-Writing Problems and 1 Solution

Posted on: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:47pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing | WIS News

Judging from conversations with faculty and the Research-Writing Studio staff, instructors teaching research writing assignments at WWU face a number of challenges:

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Send Me the Words You Never Want to See Again

Posted on: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 2:57pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing

It’s finals week, and odds are you have a stack of grading in front of you and some very un-favorite words.

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Your Comments on Passive Voice

Posted on: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:34pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing

I should have known the way to stir excitement in writing teachers was to talk about passive voice.

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