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is a biweekly sampler of the new, developing, and tried-and-true in writing and writing instruction at Western Washington University.

Here you’ll find offerings from Writing Instruction Support and the Learning Commons, plus writing tips and trends, Frequently Asked Questions, and information about the WWU writing curriculum.

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Three for the road

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:30pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing | WIS News

Spring Quarter, where’d you go? This is my last month in Writing Instruction Support and my last post for WIS-ful Thinking. Thanks to everyone who’s emailed or stopped me in the hall to cheer, boo, or recommend materials.

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Language Diversity: The Sequel

Posted on: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:58pm

Topic(s): Teaching Writing | WIS News

I received a number of replies to the guest post on “Supporting Language Diversity in Writing,” taking varied positions presented with varying degrees of diplomacy. The first reply began, “Ugh, really?” and had a three-part conclusion: “Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.” The second reply thanked me for a “wonderful” and “helpful” post.

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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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Help for Your Graduate Students

Posted on: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 10:11am

Topic(s): WIS News

This month’s blog installment is a guest post from the Graduate Research and Writing Studio about services available to graduate students. These include in-person and online appointments and the Thesis Partner Program, which provides individual students with ongoing consultation on issues ranging from time management to writing for publication.

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Welcome back for Fall Quarter!

Posted on: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:24pm

Topic(s): WIS News

As you’re putting your assignments together for the coming term, here’s a quick reminder about two different resources offered by Western Libraries and the Learning Commons if you’re thinking through new approaches or looking for some feedback on existing ones:

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Welcome to WIS-ful Thinking - Blog Post #1

Posted on: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:49pm

Topic(s): Assignment Spotlight | Writing Tips | WIS News

Answers some frequently asked questions, dives into writing tips on sentences and stress position, offers a sample assignment on transitions in writing, and highlights last quarter's discussions on ENG 101.

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