Words of Wisdom
In 1961, the publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary set off a maelstrom of controversy because it took a descriptive rather than prescriptive stance toward language. Among the protested usages endorsed by the Third were "like" for "as," "due to" for "because," and "different than." "Enthuse," "finalize," "contact," and "yak" were among the verbs that numerous grammar pundits felt should not have been included.
Write Line is a virtual graduate student writing group conducted via Zoom. Graduate students in any area of study are welcome to apply. Write Line provides a productive virtual writing space so that participants can stay accountable to their writing goals.
Participants meet twice per week, for two hours each session. Each participant is assigned to a small group facilitator who checks in with the group and notes each person’s writing goals for the session. Following goal setting, everyone writes together. Participants who have quick writing questions are able to get answers to those via the Zoom chat function. At the end of each session, the small groups briefly reconvene to report on their progress.
Registration for Fall Write Line 2021 is now closed. Check back for more groups this spring.