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Finals Inspiration from Jack Kerouac November 7, 2011

Beyond the typographical errors (or stylistic choices? Hey, he’s following his own tip number 13.) of Jack Kerouac’s “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose” lie gems of wisdom, and some of the same advice peer writing tutors often dispense. Here are a few to guide you as you work on your final papers: (more…)


What Experience “Made a Writer Out of YOU?” September 21, 2011

As we approach The National Day of Writing on October 20, it seems timely to look back on the experiences that brought us to cultivate our skills as writers, and hopefully, led us to love the activity. This is not to try to answer the eternal question “Are writers made or born?”  At this point in our development, does it matter? And besides, even if we were born to write, we still need to become aware of it. For each of us, there was some liberating experience that set us off on the writer’s path – What was yours? (more…)