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Tackling Common Writer Obstacles

Last updated: Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:10

Last week we talked about some key characteristics that you should have as a writer, and some of the best practices that you should consider in your writing. This week, we are talking about some of the most common obstacles that writers face and how you can overcome them when you encounter them.

5 Essential Tips for Writers Who Want to Work

Last updated: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:14

When I was an undergrad, on the first day of one of my first writing classes, our professor once stood in front of the class and began his introductory monologue. “By the raise of hands,” he began, “How many of you here are creative writing majors?” Most of the class raised their hands.

4 Higher Ed Programs that Break the Mold

Last updated: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:44

Are you an engineer at heart? English teacher? Mathematician? Are you the track star at your high school? What if you aren’t any of these things? What if you don’t fit any of the traditional molds? Unfortunately, many high school you who don’t have interests that lie within the commonly known areas of study feel that they’re doomed come college application time.

4 Tips for an Awesome Admissions Essay

Last updated: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:52

If you’re a high school student wanting to get into college, you are going to have to write an admissions essay. I wish I could say that there was some surefire way of getting in—something that you can say in your essay to ensure your success in getting into college. However, this magic ingredient does not exist. But your essay should be awesome. Here are four awesome qualities every good admissions essay should have.

5 Tips to Get You College Ready

Last updated: Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:22

College and university courses are tough work. You know what else is tough work? Getting into college. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or anywhere else on social media, you know that we recently supplied a press release containing the magical ingredients of getting into college and also knowing how to work for when you get there.

What I Learned From Three Would-Be Career Killers

Last updated: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:38

I have been teaching for six years. So not as extensive a career history as most of the teachers who taught me when I was in elementary school, junior high, and high school, but long enough to know that I have had many opportunities to kill my career. Each opportunity has also afforded me an additional opportunity to learn from my mistakes, however: to say "Doh!" and get back up and try again.

Fun with Spam

Last updated: Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:33

I had a fun email delivered to my inbox this morning. At first inclined to think it was some secret admirer, being so close to Valentines Day, I opened it immediately. The surprise was... not great. But I still had some fun. I do love a good spam.

Writing So Your Audience Will Listen

Last updated: Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:42

If you give your grandfather an iPod and your teenage nephew a pair of suspenders, expect dirty looks and a puzzled thank you if any. While you may have invested your time and money shopping for these, chances are that your efforts will not be appreciated. Similarly, there is no use of investing your time, skills and wit on a piece no one will read. Therefore, it’s about time that you realize that you need to target your audience to get your message across.

What is Plagiarism? Why Should You Care?

Last updated: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 21:02

The featured professional for the blog post this month is Amanda Bemer. Amanda Bemer earned her PhD in Theory and Practice of Professional Communication from Utah State University in 2010. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. She teaches professional and technical writing, business writing, and composition. She can be reached via email at amanda.bemer@smsu.com

Top Five Tips for Writing the Perfect Article

Last updated: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 20:37

Whether you are writing an article, a research paper, a book report, or a blog entry, there are rules for putting your thoughts down on paper. No matter how accomplished a writer you are, it is always a good idea to remember your audience, carefully narrow down your topic, create an outline, fill in the blanks, and then make sure your work is its best by proofreading and editing. In this article, we will be talking about all of these things.

1.  Think About Your Audience.

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