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“Syntax” Holiday Edition – the Writing Center newsletter

Take a quick break from studying and enjoy the Holiday Edition of the Writing Center newsletter! Good luck with finals from all of the WC tutors!

Syntax, Issue 1 is Online!

Check out the first issue of Syntax: The Gustavus Writing Center Newsletter here.  Feel free to post a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for the newsletter.  Thanks for reading & good luck with your midterm writing assignments!

Why Does it Seem Like EVERYTHING is happening in May??? By Azra Halilovic

It’s that time of the year again! The grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the warmth of the sun is beckoning you to come outside and enjoy SPRING. But at the same time, you’ve got to finish up that novel, write a research paper, and study for a test (or two… or three). […]

What Good Is Writing Anyway? by John Kennedy

Throughout high school I hated writing (weird coming from a writing tutor, huh?). I thought there was no point to writing. I mean, who needs to write when one can simply say what they think? In high school I avoided all upper level English and composition classes at all costs, and figured I could simply […]

Great Authors Are People Too by Lynn Olson

It’s often hard to remember when I’m reading a “classic” novel or essay that the story unfolding before me did not just magically appear on the page. After all, these were the great authors, right? The people who were sprinkled with some special fairy dust that made their ideas simply take shape into words without […]

Post-Prompt by Brett Nelson

Starting a paper can often be a daunting task. Many students find that thinking of ideas is fairly straightforward, but transferring those ideas onto paper is more difficult. Here are some strategies that I use to get started on a paper: -begin brainstorming as soon as you get a prompt. A professor of mine once […]

An Annotated Bibliography to Warm Your Heart by Abby Travis

Abby Travis Professor Know-it-All NDL 101: Learn it All 15 January 2010 Let’s not kid ourselves. This month is frigid in so many wicked ways. Wind that can rip your flesh off its bones. Blizzards pouring down upon you like the sand from an hourglass where everything—including yourself—is suddenly lost amongst swirling desolation and pure […]

A Thank You From A (Soon To Be) WC Alumnus by Alison Oppenheimer

After two and a half years of tutoring at the Writing Center, it is disconcerting to realize that I have less than five shifts left to work. I was fortunate enough to join the staff here the beginning of my sophomore year and in my time since then, I have formed an incredible bond with […]

Procrastination by Ethan Marxhausen

Alright now, what to write about? What to write about what to write about what to write… I could be reading right now. All of chapter six still needs doing. That would still be productive. Still reading, but I wouldn’t have to… if this is going to get done by Friday I’m going to need […]

Hello from the new Writing Center blog! By: Rebekah Schulz and Liz Winslow

Hello from the GAC Writing Center! We hope your fall semester is off to a good start. First off, why don’t we introduce ourselves? We are Liz and Rebekah, two of the coolest people here in Confer 232. =) Ok, so maybe not. But if you want to come visit us, you can find us […]