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Reflective writing

Published June 11, 2019 by Julia Lane
Learn more about the genre of reflective writing to help you with those critical journal assignments.

This post explains the genre of reflective writing, which is often what you are expected to do if you have a (critical) journal or analytical response assignment in your class. 

This explanation of reflective writing starts from Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein's (2012) statement that such assignments "require that you demonstrate that you have thought about what it is you think" (p. 222). Graff and Birkenstein are focused on writing in the social sciences, but the idea that you have to think about what you think is broadly applicable to any reflective writing task. 

Got Assignments? Get the Assignment Calculator!

Published May 28, 2019 by Julia Lane
Get the assignment calculator to help you with your next writing project. Image by Calculator by Maria Zamchy from the Noun Project

It's that time of semester when assignment deadlines can start to feel like they are piling up on you. And, it can be especially hard to get down to work when the sun is shining! 

Let the assignment calculator help you to break down your assignments into manageable steps. That's just good project management! 

Six Word Stories -- new semester edition

Published May 14, 2019 by Julia Lane
SFU students share their six word stories about procrastination-related mistakes and words of wisdom

The six word story initiative invites members of the SFU community to celebrate their "excellent mistakes." 

In these six word stories, SFU students share their procrastination-related mistakes and words of wisdom to help you get your summer semester off to a productive and healthy start. 

The common comma: Part 2

Published April 9, 2019 by Julia Lane
learn when NOT to use commas in your writing!

Welcome back to the wonderful world of commas!

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, helps us understand the "unwanted comma," or when NOT to use commas in our writing. 

Missed Part 1? Check it out here

The Excellent Mistakes Toolkit

Published March 27, 2019 by Julia Lane
Introducing the Excellent Mistakes toolkit

Looking for an icebreaker for your next event? Interested in promoting self-reflection opportunities? Curious about the relationship between mistakes or failure and resiliency?

This is the toolkit for you! 

[Note: Excellent mistakes not included!]

The common comma: Part 1

Published March 14, 2019 by Julia Lane
learn to use commas in your writing

Perhaps you are starting to gear up for term paper writing? If so, you might be wondering when you are REALLY supposed to be using commas...

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, returns to help us understand that common piece of punctuation, the comma... and maybe, just maybe, how to save our relationships? 

Poems vs. Papers – Not as Different as You’d Think!

Published February 15, 2019 by Julia Lane
Congrats on your CBC poetry prize Natalie, and thanks for sharing these writing tips with In Common!

Award-winning poet and SFU Communications student Natalie Lim guest blogs for In Common this week! 

Check out Natalie's top tips for how a creative writing practice can help strengthen your academic papers. As a bonus, Natalie offers some fun and helpful writing exercises to try out! 

Congrats to Natalie for winning the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize with her poem Arrhythmia.

Glossary of grammar terms

Published January 22, 2019 by Julia Lane
A Blog Post of Useful Grammar Terms

It's a New Year and it's time for a new installment of our Grammar Camp series! 

SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, is back with a glossary of useful grammar terms to help you with your writing... and with breaking the ice at your next party! 

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