Monday, March 2, 2015

Writing Project? Help Is Here

Writing is Work  For any Pioneer (student or faculty or staff mem-
ber) who needs assistance with some (or all) of the writing process, 
help is at hand.  Image courtesy of the Montclair State University 
Center for Writing Excellence blog.   
It's not easy, this writing business, as Rachel Toor describes in Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers.  Making matters worse? Flowing, eloquent, beautifully-written works in all their heavily-revised glory.  Rewritten and proofread and spellchecked to within an inch of their perfectly-worded lives, these final versions appear to have sprung, fully-formed and fabulous, from the minds of writers so much more talented than you.  

Not.  Even.  Close.  

Writing takes work, and practice, and a tenacious spirit.  And work. George Orwell once said, "Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness."  Goodreads.com  Anyone who has struggled with a paper, or a paragraph, knows the feeling.

Never fear.  For Pioneers who need assistance with some (or all) of the writing process, help is here.

 Bookmark the TWU Libraries' Writing & Citing Subject Guide, a one-stop writing shop featuring information about the writing process; writing mechanics; citation styles; copyright and fair use; librarians offering subject-specific research help; writing help from trained writing consultants; and more.
● The Write Site is available to any TWU student or faculty or staff member for two hours of help per week with any stage of the writing process.  Schedule a face-to-face appointment; receive writing feedback via email; or use OWLive, an online tutoring service using audio, video and chat space for a synchronous tutoring experience.  All Write Site services are free and by appointment only. 



● Through Write Site @ Night, the Write Site offers evening face-to-face appointments with a writing consultant in Room 221 of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (PCSE), located on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. This service is free and by appointment only.   
● New to the research process, or want a refresher?  The TWU Libraries' online research tutorials can help you get up to speed with four modules of video instruction lasting 20 or 40 minutes each.   
● RefWorks is an online citation manager; with it you can import references and format bibliographies.  Get started by creating an account here.  Learn more about RefWorks on the Writing & Citing Subject Guide here, and access RefWorks tutorials here
● Lynda.com offers convenient online video training on a wide array of topics, including writing.  Simply log in (register here) and search for writing to get a list of available training.  

~Sandy Cochran
 

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