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Words of Wisdom

Sometimes I can better describe a person by another person's reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldn't think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, "I knew girls who saved his gum."

— Amy Hempel



This workshop works particularly well before students embark on a research paper.

We suggest ways students might improve their academic essay writing by altering their writing process. Some attention is paid to the difference between topic and thesis, the need to read an assignment carefully, and the importance of analyzing an audience. When students have an assignment in hand, we can provide some interaction by discussing their assignment and audience.





View this presentation on video (11:46 minutes). Videotaped workshops are an alternative to in-class workshops.

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