Word of the Week

disputatious, adj. “Characterized by, or given to, disputation; inclined to dispute or wrangle; contentious.” “Everyone knew that the professor was disputatious so they never argued over their grades.” “disputatious, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2017. Web. 31 May 2017.

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’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 […]

Every Writer is a Chef

Today’s post comes from Fahad, one of our Writing Center tutors. Every Writer is a Chef A blank page is like an empty pot. The tough part is filling it with something to make people come back for extra helpings. Here’s the actually tough part, though: how do you make something that fits everyone’s taste. […]

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 […]

Breaking the camel’s back, or: That was the final straw(man)

Today’s post comes from T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Assistant Professor of Classical Languages. When you started this school year, you were pelted (I’m sure the administration would prefer I say “welcomed”) with messages about wellbeing, diversity, and the Wake Forest Way.  Incoming first-years at the University of Chicago got, as you might have heard, a […]

Need Citation Help?

Many of our Writing Center clients come in with questions on how to properly cite their sources. We love talking with you about these issues, but there are also lots of other great resources right here in ZSR. ZSR Citation Workshops Zotero: Students often use web-based tools like EasyBib or Citation Machine to generate citations. Now, […]

From the Archives: Speaking of Stance

We’re digging in the archives today and wanted to again share a wonderful piece written by Writing Program faculty member Phoebe Zerwick. I’ve been talking with my students all semester about stance. It’s a tough concept to explain. How does a writer find the balance between argument and tone that works for the audience? This […]

Happy National Day on Writing!

National Day on Writing – #WhyIWrite Every year the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors “National Day on Writing” with a theme that encourages us to think about the importance of writing to our lives. This year the theme of the NDoW is “Why I Write,” and English classes, writing centers, and many other […]

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