Writing Lounge

Tools for teaching college writing

Visualizing the Writing Process

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"Moleskine - 01" by Zedlik - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s no wonder that students get overwhelmed by the idea of writing an essay. Assignments dictate that they present a clean final product (4-6 pages!) by a certain deadline, but they have a hard time visualizing how to get there from a blank page. Sure, instructors try to help by outlining the steps—researching, outlining, drafting, etc.—but sometimes students still think this means they’ll be able to...

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Editing Twitter

690f2c69cab983ecd0e1e6277f8594ccTeachers at all levels often point to digital communication as a major cause for poor student writing skills. Admittedly, the instantaneous nature of social media and texting, not to mention Twitter’s 140-character limitation, has caused digital natives to get creative with language, and perhaps focus more on speed and brevity than on proper grammar and spelling.

However, some creative educators have discovered that the medium also provides ample opportunities for teaching spelling and...

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Seeing Results

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By Jarek Pelczynski from Debica, Poland (Syrena Polaroid) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In developing The Writer’s Guide term over term, I constantly remind myself that the goal is to help eliminate the barriers students face when writing. Sometimes this means giving them digital tools, helping them to view grammar and writing conventions in a new way, or changing their attitudes toward the process itself. In the end, if the results aren’t improved student writing then we’re falling...

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Welcome to the Writing Lounge

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Hello, friends! My name is Taryn, and I’ll be your host at the Soomo Learning Writing Lounge. So sit back and relax, and I’ll serve up some delicious writing-related links and thirst-quenching ideas for teaching writing to college students.

I’ve worked on all kinds of projects at Soomo, but being asked to serve as development editor for college writing was truly a thrill. I have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and I’ve written and edited everything from newspapers, magazines, and websites to...

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