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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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Blog Topic: Writing Tips

In Which Some Things Are Said About Passive Voice

Posted on: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 3:37pm

Topic(s): Writing Tips

One of the most frequent nuggets of advice writers get from teachers and editors is "avoid passive voice."

Judging from my own experience as a teacher, writer, and reader, most of the time this is excellent advice. That said, there are two pretty important exceptions to the rule.

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Design Tips and Tricks for Writing Assignments

Posted on: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:55pm

Topic(s): Writing Tips

Reviews Director of Writing Roberta Kjesrud's presentation on "Avoiding Assignments from Hell," with notes on her guidelines for writing assignments.

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Engaging the Experts

Posted on: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:54pm

Topic(s): Writing Tips

Examines why it can be tough for students to position themselves in relation to existing scholarship, and offers suggestions for helping them do so. 

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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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