Hemingway Editor and Cliché Finder

Y’all! Please take note of these automated writing assistants that a Writing Instructor shared with me today. What I love about these is that they make you think about WHY you should change (or should consider changing) word choice and arrangement in specific sentences. Hemingway Editor —  check out the demo at the link, where they […]

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What a College Professor Does

Where there is a lack of information, people often fill in something negative. Perhaps this is out of fear or self-preservation. Not knowing can be uncomfortable, and humans dislike discomfort. We don’t know something and feel mental discomfort. We don’t like discomfort, so we feel even more discomfort. The cycle deepens. I actually like mental […]

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GUM: grammar, usage, and mechanics

I’ve been reading about grammar, usage, and mechanics today on the Writing Program Administrator listserv. Describing how and why we teach this sticky stuff takes up a lot of writing instructors’ time. What a perfect metaphor, right? Some days, we really step in it! Others, it’s a pleasing distraction or something to snap and pop about […]

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Audio Comments for Student Writing

I’m trying out a new tool for commenting on student writing: MS OneNote audio recording. I’ve used it to comment on a technical writing student’s instruction manual draft, and I’m waiting for her feedback. Will report back… TIPS: Make sure the room is quiet, fans are turned off, and you have a general idea of […]

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Graduate Writing Resources

I’ve been following this listserv thread with the Graduate Consortium Yahoo Group, and it is chock full of great resources for upper-level and graduate writers in the disciplines. One of the main kinds of resources that the original poster, Nigel Caplan, is seeking are collections of unpublished papers that students have successfully completed for Capstone, Master’s, or Doctoral projects. […]

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Argumentation Resources (including OK Voter Guide)

Here are some resources for understanding and teaching rhetoric; these will be immediately useful in Argumentation/Exposition and Writing for the Professions. Beyond that, understanding these concepts (at least generally) will benefit you as a student, scholar, and/or critical thinker.  The Arg./Expo. textbooks, Writing for the Prof. textbook, and Rules for Writers contain instruction about argumentation, but […]

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