Workshop: From Casual to Scholarly -- Strategies to Elevate and Formalize Your Writing Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how famous writers make such beautiful words flow from their pens (or their word processors)? In this article, I’ll show you what some of the most well-known writers of the century have said about how writing is done.
In the “Writing with Purpose” section of the Pattern Based Writing: Quick & Easy Essay program, students learn to apply their new writing strategies to different types (or modes) of writing. The truth is it’s quite easy to get students writing many different types of paragraphs when they have the right foundation.
Put simply, all of these different types of paragraphs simply involve layering on a different purpose or intent. When students have the right foundation, it’s just that simple.
The first step in any successful college writing venture is reading the assignment. While this sounds like a simple task, it can be a tough one. This handout will help you unravel your assignment and begin to craft an effective response. Much of the following advice will involve translating typical assignment terms and practices into meaningful clues to the type of writing your instructor expects. See our short video for more tips.
Many assignments follow a basic format. Assignments often begin with an overview of the topic, include a central verb or verbs that describe the task, and offer some additional suggestions, questions, or prompts to get you started.
Blank page. You roll the paper into the typewriter and sit there poised with your hands on the keys. Or maybe you turn on your computer and sit with an empty screen. What do you write?
Many writers and would-be writers have told me how that blank page petrifies them. In this article, we'll explore my technique for putting together a magazine article from idea to finished product.