Athens State Writing Blog

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  • Lessons from Caddyshack

    When Rodney Dangerfield was filming Caddyshack, he was often frustrated when the other actors and crew didn’t laugh at his jokes while filming scenes. Caddyshack was his first comedy film, and after a lifetime of stand-up comedy he was used to knowing if he was doing well by the audience’s laughter. He thought he was doing terribly, when [...]

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  • Breaking Through Writer’s Block

    All writers encounter it from time to time, they sit mindlessly in front of the keyboard or at the table with pencil in hand waiting for the next word to pop into the forefront of a jumbled mass of what they are sure is absolutely beautiful prose.  If only they could unlock it. Writer’s Block.  [...]

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  • How to Avoid Procrastination and Increase Satisfaction in Your Writing: 7 Findings from a Research Study

    In an article published in The Writing Center Journal in 2002, Barbara A. Fritzsche and Beth Rapp Young presented findings suggesting that Writing Center visits were likely to help writers to procrastinate less in their writing process and that writers’ overall levels of satisfaction in their writing would be higher. Time management is a critical [...]

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  • The Paramedic Method and the Redundancy Department: A Lesson in Clarity and Style

      In his book, Revising Prose, Richard Lanham developed a method for sentence revision that can work wonders at making professional writing more clear for readers. The Purdue OWL has a nice overview of this method: click here to see it. In this post, I briefly illustrate the value of revising wordy sentences (something most writers [...]

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  • New QR Code Stickers

    The Writing Center at Athens State has recently added QR-code stickers for the Athens State community to easily access the Writing Center from mobile devices. Students who are registered with the Writing Center online can already access the schedule and manage appointments on-the-go, but the QR code is an easy way to keep the Writing [...]

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  • You Get out of It What You Put into It

    As the summer semester passes by and students everywhere celebrate the end of finals with Netflix marathons, I say my goodbyes to the Writing Center. I have been a writing consultant at the Athens State Writing Center for roughly two years, and within those two years I have worked with many students on many projects [...]

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  • Learning to “See Again”

    When we think of revision, we tend to think of it as a part of the linear process we were taught when learning to write in middle school.  It comes near the end, after we write a draft and before turning in the paper, and involves making small changes to perfect the writing.  Unfortunately, as [...]

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  • What Is an Essay?

    An essay is an essay is… an essay? Not quite. I’m not talking about heady questions of what is an essay, questions which would lead us into the metaphysical qualities of essay-hood and which would be much too complex for a single blog post. Rather, I’d like to briefly delve into the different writing expectations [...]

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  • Who Has the Time?

    I admire Mick Jagger, who can belt out the words “Time is on my Side” without a hint of sarcasm. Many students who attend Athens State juggle full-time jobs and often have a spouse and children at home; they take on as many classes as their busy schedules allow and somehow manage to turn in [...]

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  • 5 Reasons to Visit the Writing Center

    Printing assignments and getting Keurig coffee shouldn’t be the only reason you visit the Athens State library. Amidst the new Learning Commons is the spacious, and sometimes overlooked, Writing Center. Here are a few reasons to come visit us that may get your fingers moving in the right direction to schedule an appointment: We can [...]

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Come and Visit!

The Athens State University Writing Center is located on the first floor of the library--in the new learning commons area! The Writing Center's mission is to serve Athens State students as writers, both in-person and online.

300 N Beaty St, Athens, AL 35611