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 […]

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, […]

Tuesday’s Tip: In Case You Were Wondering…

Here are the five most frustrating writing mistakes (according to Grammarly) and, more importantly how you can avoid them! Read the full article to learn more.

Finding Focus

With spring break right around the corner, focus can be hard to find this time of the semester. If you find you’re spending 5 minutes on Facebook for every two minutes spent studying, these tips are for you!

Tuesday’s Tip (from the archives): Breaking Through the White Page

Today’s tip is from the archives and comes from professor and poet, Elisabeth Whitehead. My writing process consists mostly of trying to get out of my own way, at least in its initial stages.  I ascribe to the Jack Kerouac school of writing which says forget yourself for a while and see what clarity lifts […]

Tuesday’s Tip (from the archives): Zotero

Today’s tip (from our archives) comes from the eLearning librarian at ZSR Library, Kyle Denlinger. When I think back on all the research papers I wrote when I was in college, I’m struck by the countless hours I must have spent organizing, formatting, and proofreading my citations and bibliographies. Those were the dark ages. You […]

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 […]