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Help WritingMaster reach 1000 likes on Facebook/100 followers on Twitter

by admin on February 14, 2014

I created WritingMaster to help students think about the process of writing academically, understand it, and craft beautiful papers. It is a free service, and I would like as many students as possible to know about it and use it (…)

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On Introductions

by admin on February 13, 2014

It seems nothing is harder for my students to write than introductions. Those one or two paragraphs at the beginning that are supposed to convey what the essay is all about is where many of them get stuck. They either (…)

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Especially for Midterms: On Redundancy

by admin on September 23, 2011

Today I mentioned in class that in the upcoming take-home exam I will look for writing quality as much as substance. When students asked about the strict page limit I intend to impose, I explained that one of the best (…)

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Words We Don't Use

by admin on September 13, 2011

Since I posted my first “Words to Avoid” list on my writing guide in August 2010, I have been getting occasional e-mails from readers and students protesting my decision to ban common and (what they thought were) very useful expressions, (…)

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A Writer's Deadly Sins

by admin on September 1, 2011

Every now and then, I read a new article, column, or op-ed about the miserable state of writing among young adults. The authors of these pieces are usually college professors who feel that they had enough and must rant about (…)

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Why I Started an Online Writing Guide in the First Place

by admin on August 25, 2011

When my father got a one year fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in 1991, my family relocated to a Maryland suburb for a year. Like every student entering the Montgomery County Public Schools system who had (…)

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Welcome to WritingMaster

by admin on June 18, 2011

WritingMaster is a comprehensive academic writing guide for college students and other writers. Read more about what WritingMaster can do for you in the¬†About¬†section, then check out the different pages in the links above. This website is intended for the (…)

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