The case of (and for) they

It’s becoming more common to encounter the third-person singular they online and in news reports.  Other formulations gaining usage include s/he, he/she, and he or she—combinations all designed to avoid bias in reporting and binary conceptions of gender and sexuality. However, the situation in academic writing is less clear.  No consensus exists amongst the recommendations […]

Using Ctrl-F

Guest post from Writing Center tutor Thomas. It’s often said that great papers aren’t written, they’re re-written.  To be fair, after finishing a draft, it can be a daunting task to revisit your writing.  Fortunately, every computer comes equipped with an valuable tool that can kick-start the process:  the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-F.  This feature enables […]

Tuesday Tip: Get in a Group

The Writing Center is starting to put together some writing groups for graduate students writing theses and dissertations as well as students writing undergraduate theses. We are currently recruiting participants as well as group facilitators. So what are these writing groups all about? Well, we want to provide students working on long-form writing projects with a support network. Groups will each have a trained facilitator […]

Tuesday Tip: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

                  Finishing a paper can sometimes seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be! Break down your task into manageable pieces by setting some S.M.A.R.T. goals. Specific: State exactly what it is you need to accomplish. Be as explicit as possible, including the requirements and details of the […]

Tuesday Tip: Waiting List

If you have stopped by this week hoping for a walk-in appointment, then you know that the center is busy! A great feature of our website is the waiting list. To add yourself to the waiting list, find the clock icon underneath the date.           From there, go ahead and join […]

Tuesday’s Tip: Outlines

An outline can be a great way to get started with a writing assignment, especially if you don’t really know where to start! According to Purdue Owl, “For research papers, an outline may help you keep track of large amounts of information. For creative writing, an outline may help organize the various plot threads and help […]

Tuesday Tip: Getting Started in the Writing Center

So, I hear that you’re a brand new, first-year student and you want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to use your resources and be successful at Wake Forest. Well, you’ve come to the “write” place! If you are interested in coming to the Writing Center, the first thing you need to […]

Thesis Statement Tips from Purdue OWL

Have you ever visited Purdue OWL? Well, do yourself a favor and bookmark this amazing writing resource. One of the many resources they share are tips on how to write a thesis statement. Still need help? Sign up for our thesis statement writing worship taking place tonight from 7-9pm in the Writing Center.

Tuesdays Tip (from the archives): Brainstorming

This Tuesday’s Tips is brought to us by Dr. Eric Stottlemyer.  I never like to interfere with a writer’s process if that process works or leads to a desired outcome. If Never Brainstorming works for you, then Never Brainstorm away, I say. If you’re feeling adventurous, however, brainstorming can be a wonderfully creative and profoundly engaging way to access your inventive […]

Tuesday Tips: Starting Your Novel

Thinking of writing a novel during WaFoWriMo and NaNoWriMo? Here are a few great resources to help you get started. – how to start a novel right: 5 great tips – 7 ways to create a killer first line – the snowflake method for designing a novel – 25 things you should do before starting your […]