The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Introduction to Introductions

Writing the introduction paragraph is always my favorite part of any essay. A good introduction sets the tone and structure of the entire paper. Writing a strong, solid introduction sets your paper up for success. Different styles of papers (i.e., analysis, narrative, research) call for different kinds of introductions. In general, the “funnel” introduction is the most common for papers involving literary analysis. As the … Continue reading Introduction to Introductions

How to Begin an Essay

Topic sentence is one sentence that states what will be proved in your paragraph. It includes the title of the piece of literature and its author. General statement, major statements, major reasons are referring to a one-sentence subtopic of the topic sentence. For example, if your topic sentence states that University of California, Los Angeles is a great university to attend for your future, your … Continue reading How to Begin an Essay

Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or medical school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before summer begins. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday from 11AM to 5PM, Tuesday from 12PM to … Continue reading Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

“Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 these past four weeks. The original song was already in the top Latin charts, however this version didn’t include Bieber. The first version of the song features Daddy Yankee and the entire song is sung in Spanish, while the second one does include Bieber who brings … Continue reading “Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Here’s a problem that has plagued literature lovers through the years: you like reading, but books are expensive. How do you satisfy your bibliophilia if you don’t have money? While the library used to be the go-to place for penny-pinching readers in the past, the Internet is the modern poor reader’s lifeblood. From blogs to poetry to short stories to full-length novels, the Internet makes … Continue reading Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Though it may not come as a shocker to many, I am an English major. What this means is that my classes often involve me reading hundreds of pages of texts each quarter, arguing in class about whether the color blue in a poem represents sadness or the sky, and writing papers about how the characters in “Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself” and “Albert Nobbs” are … Continue reading The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Cultural Understanding and Language

Cultural norms are important to look at or considering when working with ELL students. It is a great way to understand a person’s language development and their understanding. I of course grew up in a Spanish speaking household. I only spoke English when I went to school or when having to interact with others aside of my family. I often times thought I was the … Continue reading Cultural Understanding and Language

Some Helpful College Essay Writing Rules in the U.S. to Follow

Write an outline, mind map, or rough draft of what you want to write. This will help you develop your idea in a more coherent way, rather than a random stream of your thoughts. Double space if you type. Write on every other line if your paper is handwritten. Leaving space between the lines allows room for comments. Book titles are underlined or italicized; the … Continue reading Some Helpful College Essay Writing Rules in the U.S. to Follow

Prompt 18: A Change in Perspective

Write about your day today – what you did, what you saw, who you met, etc… and then write about your day in the perspective of the opposite sex.       Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. … Continue reading Prompt 18: A Change in Perspective