Wednesday, September 30, 2009

AP Stylebook Comes to iPhone/iPod Touch

If you're a writer, journalist, editor, or student, you've probably heard of AP Style. Well, now you can download the entire style manual as an app right on to your iPhone or iPod touch!

The app is searchable, offers suggestions for writing styles, and allows you to make notes.

The only drawback is that the app costs $28.99, whereas the printed edition costs $18.95.

If you are using the AP Stylebook a lot, and don't want to carry the spiral bound booklet around with you, the app may be worth the price.

Tutor Talk: Episode #3 - Making the Most of the Writing Center

Tutor Talk: Episode #3 - Making the Most of the Writing Center is now available for FREE download on the iTunes U store. Click here to launch iTunes.

In this episode, John welcomes the newest co-host, director Dr. Nathalie Singh-Corcoran. John and Nathalie discuss some of the things that students should know coming in to the Writing Center in order to have a successful experience.

We also realize that Nathalie's office is much larger than originally thought, and also has a studio audience.

All of this and MUCH much more on this season of Tutor Talk!

We recommend downloading Tutor Talk through iTunes via this link. iTunes is a free download to all users both Mac and PC. We will soon have a direct download link for all episodes for those of you who do not have access to iTunes.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Residence Hall Creative Writing Workshops Continue this Fall

Are you interested in turning your life story into a memoir? Maybe you want some advice on how to write a love poem, the next great Gothic novel, or how to adjust your writing to meet the demands of technology like Facebook or MySpace. This fall, students will have the opportunity to work with experienced writers on a variety of mini-projects aimed at issues just like these.

The Bolton Writing Workshop attempts to expand creative writing opportunities beyond the classroom by bringing the workshop experience to undergraduate residence halls. The project, which began last spring, provides students with the opportunity to learn and explore issues in creative writing in a more relaxed and convenient setting. Students are encouraged to participate regardless of experience level or major and can expect to be guided through a wide range of activities that are meant to help tap into their creativity and imagination.

The program is directed by Mary Ann Samyn, Bolton Professor of Teaching and Mentoring and author of Inside the Yellow Dress (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2001) and Purr (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2005). At the workshops, students will have the opportunity to work with graduate students in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

For more information, or to view the fall schedule, please visit the website by following the link provided.

For additional questions, please contact Mary Ann Samyn at

Monday, September 14, 2009

Responding to Student Writing

The Writing Center will be hosting an informational brownbag for instructors on Wednesday, September 23rd from 12:30 - 1:30 in Rm. 130 of Colson Hall. The event will focus on analyzing the response process and discussing the various ways to provide feedback to student writing.

The brownbag will begin with a screening of the short film Across the Drafts: Students and Teachers Talk about Feedback (2005). Across the Drafts was filmed in coordination with the Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing and provides both faculty and student perceptions of the feedback process.

Following the film, instructors will be given the opportunity to share their own experiences and discuss strategies for responding to student work. Instructors are encouraged, prior to the event, to think about feedback strategies they have found successful or are currently in the process of considering.

Instructors should register by Monday, September 21st.

To register for the event, or for more information, please contact Bryan Coyle at