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Writing at Wheaton

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Why do you write? 

For some, the answer to that question might be as narrow as “because my professor told me to,” or as vast as a daily necessity to understand your own thoughts. Wherever you land on this spectrum, wherever your choice of study and career takes you, writing has the potential to be meaningful in your life both materially and spiritually. 

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Professional Development

The Genre of the Personal Statement

It’s fall, and that means it’s officially time to begin crafting admissions essays again! And no, I don’t mean the Common Application that haunted a teenage year or two in high school; I’m talking about graduate school applications. Whether you’re looking into a program in International Affairs or Bioengineering, you may face a vague prompt and a tight word limit to portray your passion, credentials, and potential.

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Writing at Wheaton

No Good Writers: Why Discourse Community Matters and What It Means for Our Writing

I got a 71% on my first paper in college.

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Book Reviews Writing Center

Metaphors for a Charitable Writing Center

I have a confession to make. On day one of Writing Center training, I learned to avoid the metaphor of a “fix-it shop” when describing my job. But I still find myself saying things like “I help people fix things that don’t work in their papers” when I’m explaining the Writing Center to other people.

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Writing Process

Trouble Remembering Last Night’s Reading? Reflective Journaling Can Help

This article by guest author Phoebe Prinz ’24 won a Spring 2021 First Year Writing Award in the blog post category.

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Professional Development Writing at Wheaton

Writing beyond Wheaton: An Interview with Alumni

As the school year comes to a close, it can sometimes be difficult to envision writing opportunities beyond the classroom.  We interviewed a few Wheaton alumni—Carolyn Waldee ’18, Aaron Brown ’13, and Jerome Blanco ’12—to learn where writing has carried them after graduating from Wheaton.

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Book Reviews

gOoFy or SHOUTY: Exploring Online Language Conventions through ‘Because Internet’

If we’re being honest (and I hope we are), the internet plays a large role in our lives. I can confidently state this about you, the reader, because you’re reading this piece on the internet (✨wow✨)! More than ever, during this past year, it has become apparent just how reliant we are on the internet as students, academics, researchers, artists, writers, workers, and even friends. The internet is a source of entertainment, information, income, recreation, and expression—and we spend a lot of our online time reading text.

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Writing at Wheaton

WC³: The Wheaton College Writing Center Writing Challenge

It’s April, so it’s National Poetry Month in the U.S.! While it’s a busy time for college students, it’s also a season of regeneration, growth, and transition. What better time than now to try something new and creative? Read on for the word of the day!

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Research Writing at Wheaton

Using the Bible in Academic Writing

This post was co-authored by Collin Kavanaugh, Abby Long, and Monica Colón.

A common misconception about writing in a Christian academic setting (such as Wheaton) is that you’re expected to reference the Bible in all of your writing assignments. While it’s effective to incorporate in some genres of writing, scripture isn’t appropriate evidence for every scholarly writing occasion.

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Writing at Wheaton Writing Center

How Our ESL Specialists Support Writers

Writing academic papers in one’s first language can feel like a mammoth task. But many students in our campus community are learning, reading, and writing in English as a second or additional language. These students carry the same academic load while completing their assignments in a language that is not their first.