Athens State Writing Blog

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  • Word Tips and Tricks

    Most of us have been using Microsoft Word for years and years. Remember Clipit? Microsoft Word is a vital tool for academic work. We use it for most assignments, from the rubric/guidelines our instructors give us to the actual writing of a paper or project. Word itself is a very complex, but easy to learn [...]

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  • The Case for Passionless Writing

    By Ben Montgomery Writing Center Staff   It is probably safe to say that most writing assignments students work on at Athens State University are at least a little analytical in nature. If you are a business, education, or liberal arts student, your writing is usually going to be a little subjective, even if it [...]

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  • Welcome back!

    Hello students! With a new school year already in progress, the Writing Center wants to extend everyone a big warm welcome! We also have some tips, advice, and important information for you to start your semester off on the right foot. What we do: The Writing Center is here to help you with a variety [...]

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  • Meet the new Writing Center Director

    On May 18th 2015, Athens State University welcomed the new Writing Center Director, Dr. Joy Bracewell.  After giving Dr. Bracewell some time to get settled in, I got the opportunity to ask her some questions. Dr. Bracewell was more than happy to answer my questions and help us get to know her. Dr. Bracewell has [...]

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  • Depend on Dropbox

    By Nickie Fanning This semester I am writing my capstone, which is a long process and requires a page count that is almost scary. Like many people out there, I don’t always get to use the same computer to work on this project. I started out backing everything up on a flash drive, but then [...]

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  • Back It Up!

    After returning from the holiday break, I walked into the Writing Center, sat down at the Writing Center consultants’ computer, and turned it on. I was in search of some documents that we had saved in a folder on the desktop. After typing the login credentials, I waited patiently as the screen with the Windows [...]

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  • Return to Writing: A Non-traditional Student’s Take on Re-learning the Writing Process

    By Bridgette Pylant Some of the more difficult situations we encounter at The Writing Center relate to students who are returning to school after a long absence or who haven’t written a paper in many years.   As a non-traditional student myself,  I remember well the fear of attempting to write my first college essay after  [...]

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  • Lessons from Caddyshack

    When Rodney Dangerfield was filming Caddyshack, he was often frustrated when the other actors and crew didn’t laugh at his jokes while filming scenes. Caddyshack was his first comedy film, and after a lifetime of stand-up comedy he was used to knowing if he was doing well by the audience’s laughter. He thought he was doing terribly, when [...]

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  • Breaking Through Writer’s Block

    All writers encounter it from time to time, they sit mindlessly in front of the keyboard or at the table with pencil in hand waiting for the next word to pop into the forefront of a jumbled mass of what they are sure is absolutely beautiful prose.  If only they could unlock it. Writer’s Block.  [...]

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  • How to Avoid Procrastination and Increase Satisfaction in Your Writing: 7 Findings from a Research Study

    In an article published in The Writing Center Journal in 2002, Barbara A. Fritzsche and Beth Rapp Young presented findings suggesting that Writing Center visits were likely to help writers to procrastinate less in their writing process and that writers’ overall levels of satisfaction in their writing would be higher. Time management is a critical [...]

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The Athens State University Writing Center is located on the first floor of the library--in the new learning commons area! The Writing Center's mission is to serve Athens State students as writers, both in-person and online.

300 N Beaty St, Athens, AL 35611