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Rhetoric in Action Day at USF!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

We write for a purpose. We write for reasons that go beyond the classroom. We write to make a difference in our community, our society, our world.

Come out and see the amazing work being done by writers at USF at the 2012 Rhetoric in Action Day. Approximately 150 FYC students will be displaying and discussing their projects on Wednesday April 25th in the Marshall Center Atrium from 10:45 am to 2:45 pm. (more…)

 

Using a Formal Writing Style

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

A lot of assignments we receive in our classes ask for a formal, or academic writing style. What does that mean? Writing Center consultant Haili Vinson helps explain what a formal writing style means and how to do it in your own work.

Making Your Writing More Formal

Some college writing assignments allow for a personal, informal tone. Most, however, require elevated language that demonstrates a student’s ability to join an academic conversation. While your ideas are always the most important part of any essay, here are some tips on how to transform your writing from the personal to professional level. (more…)

 

Writing a Conference Proposal

Friday, April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Dissertations & Theses by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Marc Wathieu CC

Many upperclassmen and graduate students strive to take part in conferences and show others the work we’ve been doing. Conferences are a great opportunity to bounce ideas off other experts in your field and get ideas for developing your work. Applying for a conference, however, can be daunting work and many are quite competitive.

If you’ve never applied to speak at a conference before, here is how the process usually works:

  • The conference will send out a “Call for Papers” (CFP) that tells everyone things like what kind of conference is being held, the conference’s theme, the requirements for proposals, and deadlines.
  • You’ll write a proposal, which is usually an abstract ranging anywhere from 200-800 words and explains you topic.
  • You send the conference folks your proposal by the deadline (miss the deadline and you’re out of luck).
  • Many conferences will conduct a “blind review.” This means that 1-3 people will read your proposal without any identifying information on it. They’ll have no idea who wrote it. The reviewers will send the abstract back to the conference committee with their recommendations of whether or not your idea is one they’d like to hear at the conference.
  • You’ll get a notice stating whether or not you were accepted. (more…)
 

Thesis Statements

Friday, April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized, USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Thesis statements can be one of the most difficult aspects of writing an essay. Whether you’re working on a rhetorical analysis for your Comp II class, or trying to prepare your masters thesis, a strong thesis statement is a must! Writing Center consultant Jose Aparicio has some great tips below for creating and proofreading the strength of your thesis statement.

Thesis Statements

A thesis controls the paper as the central idea that the whole paper depends.

A thesis answers a question: “What is it I want to say?” (more…)

 
 
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