Glimpsing Contemplative Pedagogy

A few weeks ago we talked about what contemplative pedagogy is and how Wake Forest is starting to spread the word about it. Today, Professor Eric Ekstrand shares a bit more about how and why he uses it in the classroom. When the mystical Scottish poet, Edwin Muir, delivered his Norton Lectures in 1955, he […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week

                    boondoggle, n and v. a. A trivial, useless, or unnecessary undertaking; wasteful expenditure. b. To engage in trifling or frivolous work. “Once again, critics insist that the entire project is a costly boondoggle and should be abandoned.” “boondoggle, n. and v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2014. Web. […]

Writing for NaNoWriMo…

                    Thank you to Donalee G White for sharing her insight into what it’s like writing for NaNoWriMo. Writing for NaNoWriMo is like the wildest roller coaster ride at Carrowinds, or white water rafting, or skydiving at 10,500 feet above the earth, or even hiking the Appalachian Trail. […]

Happy NaNoWriMo

It’s November, which means it’s time to celebrate National Writing Month! According to their website, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for […]

Wednesday’s Word of the Week (Halloween Edition)

                    sciomancy, n. “Divination through communication with the spirits of the dead.” “She tried sciomancy and a ouija board to predict her grade in the course.” “sciomancy, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 29 October 2014. Want more spooky words? Visit our Writing Center word […]

Bragging on our Tutors

We are so proud of of our Writing Center tutors who presented during Undergraduate Research Day last week! Meredith gave an oral presentation titled, “Interpersonal Engagement in Undergraduate First Year Writing.” Meredith said that “By looking most specifically at the use of ‘interpersonal themes’ in students’ writing…I identified components of academic writing that distinguish students who feel more […]

Exploring Community

Yesterday, we shared a recap of our National Day on Writing activities, including #writemycommunity. We now have lots of index cards in the Writing Center that share your perspectives on the Wake Forest community. We recently stumbled across a great article about exploring community – 10 ways to explore and express what makes your community unique. […]


We had a great time celebrating National Day on Writing yesterday!                   We officially wrote the longest WFU ghost story and you helped contribute quite a few silly sentences. More about that soon on where you can read it yourself. And while ghost stories are fun, an […]

National Day on Writing Celebration

  Happy National Day on Writing Wake Forest! Our  celebration is happening right now in Benson! Come share your thoughts on community and add a sentence to the longest ghost story in WFU history!  We’re  here until 7pm so stop on by! Can’t come by? Feel free to share your thoughts virtually by using #WFU […]

“What makes a word ‘real?'”

Professor Laura Aull recently shared this with us and we think it’s too good not share with you. So, what does make a word real?