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Steps for Revising, Part I: The Big Stuff (Episode 57)

Revision is a major part of the writing process, and different types of revising warrant different strategies. Claire and Kacy give tips and resources for how to revise your writing for bigger patterns and issues in your current drafts as well as your future coursework. Recommended resources: WriteCast episode 14: "The 5 Rs of Revision"Walden University Writing Center website resources on revisionImproving Your Writing: Strategies for Revising, Proofing, and Using Feedback"Walden...


Writing for Social Change: Letters to Legislators (Episode 56)

Melissa and Meghan, two of the Walden Writing Center's instructors, work toward positive social change in their communities by writing to their local representatives. Kacy and Claire talk with Melissa and Meghan about how this writing is similar and different to academic writing, tools they use, and what they have experienced as a result. Resources: Scholarly VoiceAudienceUsing EvidenceWriteCast episode #51: Using Evidence in Academic WritingWriting for Social Change webinar seriesWalden...


Struggling With Spelling (Episode 55)

If you struggle with spelling, you're not alone! Claire and Kacy give some quick tips for how to improve and check your spelling. Resources: Making Word Work For YouMerriam-Webster’s Collegiate DictionaryAPA Dictionary of PsychologyWriting a Paper: ProofreadingMicrosoft Word tutoring from the Walden University Academic Skills Center


Meet Your Reviewer: Tasha Sookochoff (Episode 54)

Get to know Tasha, one of the Writing Center's newest writing instructors, in this brief interview with Claire and Kacy. Tasha shares her approach to a paper review appointment, her favorite types of papers to review, some recommended writing resources, and the best writing advice she received in school. Resources mentioned: 5 Flow Part 3: Transition with Words, Sentences, and ParagraphsBreaking Down the MEAL Plan: A Four-Part Series on Writing Strong ParagraphsWalden Writing Center Blog


Imposter Syndrome and the Student Writer (Episode 53)

If you've ever felt like the worst writer in the room, an academic fake, or an outsider in your degree program, you might have been experiencing imposter syndrome. In today's episode, writing instructor Kacy shares her research on and experience with imposter syndrome as a graduate student, along with tips for how to combat it and gain confidence. Max also makes a special announcement. Resources: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 82The savvy student podcast...


Transitioning from Master's-Level to Doctoral-Level Writing (Episode 52)

Writing instructors Max and Veronica discuss transitioning from graduate to doctoral writing from their own experiences in their programs. They chat about advice for currently transitioning writers as well as surprises along the way and the evolution of their writing, research, and expectations through each stage of their scholarly work. Resources mentioned in this episode: Writing Process for Longer Research Projects WebinarPaper Reviews Walden Writing Center BlogForm & Style...


Using Evidence in Academic Writing (Episode 51)

Claire and Max discuss how to incorporate evidence into your academic writing, as well as how to use citations effectively to support your evidence. Resources mentioned: Writing Refresh: In-text versus Parenthetical CitationsCreswell Did Not Write About You: Common Mistakes in Citing 'I' Statementsposts on APA styleUsing Evidence: Overview


Why The Third Time's The Charm for Writing Center Appointments (Episode 50)

Research indicates that there may be a connection between visiting the Writing Center three times and students' growth in confidence, skill, and motivation. Max and Claire discuss these findings, their own experiences working with students in the Writing Center, and strategies for scheduling and making the most of a Writing Center paper review appointment. Resources: Third Time's the Charm: The Magic of Multiple Paper Review Appointments Third Time's the Charm: Strategies for Your 1st,...


A Quick Announcement and Request

Resources mentioned: Walden University Writing Center Blog Walden University Writing Center webpage WriteCast episode archive


Meet Your Reviewer: A Conversation with Cheryl Read, Writing Instructor and PhD Student (Episode 49)

Meet Cheryl Read, one of the Writing Center's newest writing instructors. Cheryl, who is also pursuing her PhD, shares her writing tips and advice for other students who are working on writing projects.


Top 10 Tips for Group Papers (Rebroadcast; Episode 48)

Many people will have to work collaboratively at some point in their education or careers, and writing a group paper or working on a group assignment can be challenging. In this rebroadcasted episode, Nik and Brittany share their top 10 tips for successfully writing a group paper. Resources: Collaborative Assignments Common Assignments: Collaborative Writing in Business and Management


Resolutions to Reflect and Revise (Episode 47)

Resolutions to Reflect and Revise (Episode 47) by Walden University Writing Center


Inclusive Language: Gender-Neutral Pronouns and Identity-First Language (Episode 46)

This month, Max and Claire talk with Walden University Writing Center Director Brian Timmerman and Associate Director of Faculty Outreach and Support Amber Cook about Walden's new Gender-Neutral Pronouns Policy and Identity-First Language Policy. Brian and Amber discuss the policies, why they were created, and what they mean for student writers. Resources: Walden University's Gender-Neutral Pronouns Policy and People-First and Identity-First Language Policy Inclusive Language Policy...


Meet Your Reviewer: Katherine McKinney, Writing Instructor and PhD Student (Episode 45)

Meet Katherine, one of the Walden Writing Center's newest writing instructors! Max and Claire talk with Katherine, who is also a Walden PhD student, about her writing background, review approach, and advice for student writers. Resources mentioned in this episode: Developing a Paper: Creating a Paper From a Discussion Transitioning to Master’s-Level Writing


Jeannie's First Residency (Jeannie Croichy, EdD Student; Episode 44)

Beth makes a special announcement, and Max and Claire talk with Jeannie Croichy, Walden University EdD student and Writing Center writing instructor, about her first Walden student residency experience.


How and Why to Revise With a Reverse Outline (Episode 43)

You may know about outlining as a pre-writing strategy, but have you heard about reverse outlining? A reverse outline is a great tool to use once you have written a draft. Claire and Max explain what a reverse outline looks like, how to create one, and how it can help you strengthen your writing. Resources: Writing a Paper: Outlining Is Your Short Attention Span Showing?: Using A Reverse Outline blog post


Using Creative Writing Strategies in Academic Writing (Episode 42)

You don't have to be a creative writer to use these tips! Join writing instructors Max and Claire for a discussion of creative writing strategies--such as knowing where you're going and how you're going to get there, writing exploratory drafts, anticipating audience response, getting a secondary reader, and understanding deconstruction--that you can use to strengthen your academic writing. Resources: Narrative Writing: Scholarly Narrative Overview blog post Narrative Writing: Include...


Meet Your Reviewer: Kacy Walz's Review Approach, Writing Advice, and Recommended Resource (Ep 41)

Meet Kacy Walz, PhD student and Walden University Writing Center writing instructor! Beth and Kacy talk about Kacy's approach to reviewing student papers, the best writing advice she has received, and a writing resource she loves to recommend to students. Resources: Writing Center paper reviews for Walden students Walden Writing Center Blog


Positive Writing Affirmations, Part 2 (Episode 40)

Listen to and repeat these positive writing affirmations to create an uplifting mindset as you write. You can play this episode as often as you'd like!We recommend first listening to Positive Affirmations, Part 1 (Episode 39), in which Brittany explains how academic writers can use affirmations.


Positive Writing Affirmations, Part 1 (Episode 39)

Brittany makes an announcement, shares her experience with positive affirmations, and talks with Beth about how students can use affirmations to create an uplifting, supportive mindset about their writing process and progress. After listening, check out Part 2 (episode 40) for writing affirmations that you can use to increase your writing positivity.