Five Great Reasons to Come Into the WLC

CAPS we offer tutoring in a wide variety of subjects alongside other services such as supplemental instruction and workshops on learning strategies.  We surveyed the writing and language tutors about the use of the Writing and Language Center.  Tutors reported the top three reasons why students came in based on their experiences. Here are the … More Five Great Reasons to Come Into the WLC

Prescriptive vs Descriptive Views Towards Language

Tutor Language prescription is when a group enforces ‘laws’ or ‘rules’ about how language should be used. In contrast, those who take a descriptivist view towards language believe that all human languages, including dialect variations, are highly organized and structured systems. For example, you’ve probably heard people say things such as, “Don’t use double negatives,” … More Prescriptive vs Descriptive Views Towards Language

Rules to Write By

Something that has helped me tremendously with my own writing is reading about the strategies that great writers, such as Henry Miller, have found helpful in accomplishing their writing goals. If I’m being honest, I find it comforting to read about the challenges that even the most celebrated writers face in the process of writing. … More Rules to Write By

Writing Reads Recommendation: Dear Mr. Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore

The Author: Dinty W. Moore is an essayist and humorist who has been writing since his university years. The tagline on his website reads: “Author, editor, teacher, specializing in memoir and literary nonfiction. A man who is very much afraid of polar bears.” The Book: Have you heard of Ask Alice? Or Dear Abby? Newspapers will … More Writing Reads Recommendation: Dear Mr. Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore

Theory of Storytelling: Or Is All Writing Creative Writing?

I grew up with stories. The top shelf of my childhood bookshelf held my mother’s faerie tale books from Japan, Russia, Mongolia, and Germany. I devoured the stories when I was a child. When I got older I still went inside my old room, picked my favorite book off the shelf, and lost myself in … More Theory of Storytelling: Or Is All Writing Creative Writing?

3 Steps to Writing More Professional Emails

As we begin the Fall 2017 semester and prepare to face new academic experiences, form friendships and academic relationships, it’s always important to keep in mind the value of effective communication, especially regarding professor-teacher interaction. Email etiquette is a great skill to brush up on, since it is one of the most widely used forms … More 3 Steps to Writing More Professional Emails

Tips for Creative Writing

1.        Write every day. This is hard, especially with classes, homework, family, and other obligations. But writing, especially creative writing, is not about inherent talent. (And in creative writing, it’s okay to start sentences with ‘but’ and ‘and’). Learning to write well, like doing math or learning a sport, is almost entirely practice-based. When you … More Tips for Creative Writing

6 Ways You Can Use CAPS Writing & Language Services NOW

CAPS writing tutors can support you in: 1) Avoiding the procrastination trap. There is no better time to get started on your end-of-semester writing projects. Stop by the Writing and Language Center for drop-in hours, where writing tutors are around to chat with you about your paper ideas, help you create an outline for your … More 6 Ways You Can Use CAPS Writing & Language Services NOW