Writing for Social Change

Marquette students write about real issues for real audiences, and make change in their community. Read more about their work in this article: “Can Writing Make a Difference?”

 

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Track Your Writing

Jason B. Jones argues “To Become a Writer, Track Your Writing.”

Check out his great article in The Chronicle for tips, advice, and resources for tracking your writing.

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And, see what Christian Tietze has to add to the conversation, as he argues that we should make writing part of our identity.

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Writing in the Sciences: Comics and Medicine

Doctors are now using the graphic novel form to teach patients about their health, in a creative combination of the arts, sciences and humanities.  Check out “Art and Medicine Intersect in New Ways” and “Medicine: Graphic, Funny, and Informative” to learn about the recent Graphic Medicine conference.

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Why assign in-class writing?

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Click here to learn more about in-class writing!

 

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Writing Demons

When doubts bedevil your writing, Jodi Jensen suggests inviting them in for tea. Struggling with your own writing demons? Read her advice here. 

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Faculty Writing Groups

Are you interested in joining a faculty writing group this summer/fall? Contact Bridget Draxler for more information!

If an online group would be a better fit for you, check out http://academicwritingclub.com/.

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Writing (In Public) Across the Curriculum

Check out Cathy Davidson’s excellent post on HASTAC: “Writing (In Public) Across the Curriculum.”

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Reference Managers: Keeping Your Research Project Organized

Looking for a way to keep your research project organized? Mendeley is not only a reference manager but also a way to import full-text papers, access them online, and share them with collaborators. Thanks, Lori Walters-Kramer, for the great reference! A similar tool I’ve used for years is Zotero, which works great for Firefox users. Check them out, and happy researching!

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Stylish Academic Writing

Are you planning a research project for the summer? Check out this book!

Stylish Academic Writing

Reviewers say…

“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write.

“Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce.

Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.”

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Writing Center Newsletter

New tutors Emma Vanderpool and Rachel Witzig have published the first issue of a brand-new Writing Center Newsletter. Check it out!

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