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Writing Strategies

If you want some helpful tips before you start writing, these strategies will help no mater what stage of the writing process you are in.

Reading

How to read a primary source
By Patrick Rael, Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College, 2004).

Thesis statements

Creating a thesis statement
By the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Brainstorm/Free-Writing/Outlines

Outline writing guide
Prewriting strategies

By the University of Kansas Writing Center

Developing an outline
By the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Sentence Variety

Strategies of Variation
By the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Transitions

Writing Transitions
By the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Revisions

Revision guidelines & strategies
By the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center

Proofreading

Proofreading strategies
By the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Upcoming Workshops!

 

Concept Mapping

Date: Nov. 17, 10:30am - 12pm
Location: 285 Grace Dodge

This workshop will help you to generate ideas, organize your research, and communicate those complex ideas. Please bring developing ideas or work in-progress on literature reviews or research papers.

For a list of all our workshops click here.

To RSVP click here.


GWC Write-In

Date: Nov. 27, 9am - 12pm
Location: 305 Russell Hall 

The GWC Write-In is a quiet place to work on your Doctoral dissertation, Master's thesis, or other long-term papers alongside fellow TC writers, and you are welcome to come and go as you like. Caffeine & snacks will be available! 

For a list of all our Write-In dates click here.

To RSVP please e-mail writingcenter@tc.edu with the date you want to attend & the type of paper you intend to work on.