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Today in History: Ernest Hemingway Finishes Old Man and the Sea 

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the …

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Library Resources and Services for A&HL 4500, Advanced Language Study: Academic Writing 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Domenica DelPrete’s Fall 2018 course A&HL 4500, Advanced Language Study:  Academic Writing.  These e-resources have been selected to support the aim of the course, i.e., to help non-native speakers of English as well as all graduate students who …

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Snail Mail Inspiration 

If you are feeling inspired by the July/August Staff Picks, Dear Summer: Letters in Literature, here are some websites that facilitate and encourage letter writing. Postcrossing is an international project in which one exchanges postcards with strangers around the world. is a place to connect with other people looking for pen pals. InCoWriMo and Lettermo are annual …

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Today in History: Rosetta Stone Found 

Rosetta Stone is often linked to the highly sought after language learning series -- those massive "dynamic immersion" kits in over 30 languages, Arabic to Welsh, you might see for sale even in the marbled passages of Grand Central Station -- but do you know its true origin? An origin so famous over the course of history that …

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Today in History: Gustav Flaubert Is Born 

Our introduction to the 19th century French novel is Madame Bovary, Flaubert's debut novel that focuses on a country doctor's wife who is bored, lives beyond her means, and suffers a scandalous, imperfect marriage. And so begins our love affair with the great classics, in which we read Balzac, de Maupassant, de Musset, Hugo, and …

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Working the “morning pages” from a digital angle 

If you are an artist of any ilk--fine arts, visual arts, writing, acting, singing, etc--you have probably heard of, and perhaps use, Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way. It's an international bestseller based on the concept of writer's block and the principals of twelve step programs. Cameron wrote the book after her workshop took off, …

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Women in Literary Arts 

VIDA, Women in Literary Arts, an organization that promotes and advocates for women writers, released their annual “Count” this past week. To create the Count, VIDA members scanned the bylines of a handful of top literary magazines and counted the women’s verses men’s bylines to make visual what so many of us have known, intuitively, …

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Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing 

Title: Unless It Moves the Human Heart : The Craft and Art of Writing Editors: Roger Rosenblatt Publisher:  Ecco Call number: PN145 .R67 2011 From the Publisher: Culled from his experiences teaching writing workshops, novelist, essayist, and longtime professor Rosenblatt (Making Toast) tackles the "why"--not the "how"--of writing by chronicling his winter/spring 2008 semester of …

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Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors 

Anyone doing some writing this summer? Anyone having trouble doing some writing this summer? Then this link is for you! Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors The tips were offered to writer Steve Silberman as he works to turn a long magazine article into a book. It occurs to me that …

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On Reading, Good Writing and Being Grateful 

Have you ever read a book so good, so well-written that you wanted to hug it? Maybe you slept with it tucked safely under your pillow? Every word in every paragraph on every page was the most beautiful, truest part of a whole you could ever imagine? I'm pretty sure we have all been there. …

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How To Write 1000 Words A Day 

As we approach the end of the semester, you may be wondering: "How on earth am I going to find a way to write X pages of papers before Y?!," where X is some obscenely large number and where Y is some extremely close date. Happily, however, I have found a new resource for you: …

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Citation Strictness 

In an article titled "Why the 'Research Paper' Isn't Working" at the Inside Higer Ed blog, librarian Barbara Fister pushes back on the idea that conventional research papers ought to be the cornerstone of an undergraduate writing education: "The first year “research paper” has always sent a mixed message. You’re supposed to be original, …

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Dreams and wishes: essays on writing for children 

Title: Dreams and wishes : essays on writing for children Author: Susan Cooper Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c1996 Call no.: PN147.5 .C66 1996 From the Publisher: An informative book for young writers interested in the pursuit of writing and the writing process presents a collection of Susan Cooper's inspirational speeches, spanning …

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Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing 

Title: Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing Author: Robert Boice Publisher: Stillwater, Okla., U.S.A. : New Forums Press, c1990 Call Number: PN151 .B65 1990 From the Publisher: "Here is a proven book to help scholars master writing as a productive, enjoyable, and successful experience -- Author, Robert Boice, prepared this self-help manual …

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Writing myths : Applying second language research to classroom teaching 

Title: Writing myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching Author: Joy Reid with Keith S. Folse ... Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008 Call Number: PE1404 .R384 2008 From the Publisher: This volume was conceived as a "best practices" resource for writing teachers in the way that Vocabulary Myths by Keith …

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Writing Workshop 

I attended some writing workshops held by Teachers College Reading Writing Project. I thought I share with the educators whom I work with one of the workshops that I found very interesting (in italics are my personal thoughts). The one here is called “Writing Clubs: Making Writing Social and Interactive, presented by Annie Taranto. The …

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Expert Advice on Publishing Online  ☆

Ms. Kay Cassell, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, offered invaluable advice on how to find a topic; develop it into a publishable paper; and get it published. Certainly a fine presentation well geared towards students in the social sciences who are over the hump of finals and eager to spend …

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