“For me in the social sciences, what I want my students to understand is that your writing needs to be short, sweet, and to the point….You want to use just as many words as you need, not more.”

Amy Atchison, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

“I’m very appreciative to those who give me that kind of constructive feedback.”

Elizabeth Gingerich, J.D. Professor of Business Law

“Success really takes practice….Even when we are well-seasoned, we still are not perfect writers. It’s always a process to improve.”

Julie Koch, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing Programs

“I begin with the idea that I want to tell a compelling story, something that will cause the reader to want to keep going with the text that is in front of them.”

Robert Palumbo, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical Engineering

“Peer review is part of how we avoid mistakes, both language-related and conceptually. And it makes the light you’re reading it in a little brighter.”

Nicholas Rosasco, D.Sc. Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Sciences

Writing shouldn’t be done alone.”

Richard Sévère, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English

“Forcing myself to do peer review with a peer made me look more critically at the paper because I stopped reading it like I heard it in my head, and I started reading it like other people reading.”

Karl Schmitt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

“I just thought that I didn’t want something on paper that I wasn’t ready to show someone, and then I thought, “That’s what a final draft is.”

Megan Gilliam Sociology/Criminology and English Major

“Since I’ve started pre-writing, it’s helped my writing immensely just because I know where I want to go in my essay.”

Kyra Tessman English Major

“You wouldn’t think you really build arguments in a science field, but honestly it’s very similar….It comes down to the evidence. It comes down to your hypothesis, which ends up kind of becoming your thesis, and then defending that through your evidence.”

Willow Walsh English/Environmental Science Major

What’s the bigger conversation like about these ideas that I have?”

Taylor Williams Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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