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Writers’ Exchange Blog2019-04-18T17:53:39+00:00

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

Antioch Dissertation Writers may find it difficult and frustrating to correct the format of a dissertation according to AU guidelines, especially if the document is already written. WEX is here to help! Below you'll find [...]

Are you using a Citation Manager?

WEX Alert!   Formatting Issues Inflicted by Citation Managers Citation managers can be useful tools for helping researchers keep track of citations for academic publications and grey literature in their field.  They are developed to [...]

Break Breakdown

WEX Alert!   Formatting a dissertation can challenge even the most savvy of writers.  With its separate front pages, different chapters, footnotes, and other special formatting, there are multiple times that require a “break” in [...]

Meet our Editor: Tamara Holloway!

  Tamara Holloway received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Tamara has spent nearly twenty years teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to college students; she currently teaches at Walla Walla [...]

Are you using a Citation Manager?

WEX Alert!   Formatting Issues Inflicted by Citation Managers Citation managers can be useful tools for helping researchers keep track of citations for academic publications and grey literature in their field.  They are developed to [...]

Break Breakdown

WEX Alert!   Formatting a dissertation can challenge even the most savvy of writers.  With its separate front pages, different chapters, footnotes, and other special formatting, there are multiple times that require a “break” in [...]

Meet our Editor: Tamara Holloway!

  Tamara Holloway received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Tamara has spent nearly twenty years teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to college students; she currently teaches at Walla Walla [...]

Get Cozy With A Book

While deep in the dissertation process, it can be very helpful to have  “friendly” books nearby that help ignite awareness of "writer within." While some dissertation writers feel they need to quarantine themselves from any [...]

Meet our Editor: Nancy Struckman!

Nancy Birn Struckman has worked as an editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, including as a managing editor for a local newspaper. She is currently the manager of Editing for Style, LLC, where she [...]

Meet Our Editor: Loretta Rafay!

Loretta Rafay has over ten years of editing experience in science, humanities, legal, and literary writing. Her specialty is working with English Language Learner academics to prepare theses, dissertations, and journal manuscripts for publication in [...]

Read to Cross-train Your Mind

When I first started my graduate program, I expected to do plenty of reading, especially in my field. After all, as writer Joseph Addison famously said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to [...]

Cracking the Cover Letter

Cover letters are a part of job, internship, and practicum applications that always tripped me up.  As soon as I saw the words “cover letter”, I felt stuck because I didn’t know where to begin.  [...]

Three Rules That Set Me Free

I’ve considered myself a writer for the past few years now, and yet, with the exception of scattered moments in which I felt I’d combust if I didn’t write, I found myself putting writing off. [...]

Rules with Academic Degrees

WEX has had a few questions in the past couple of months regarding ways of acknowledging academic degrees in our writing, and we hope this posting would help clarify the rules.   Capitalization: In the [...]

The Pre-Writing Process

I used to think I could sit down, write, and create something incredible. It’s easy enough to convey an idea through words; I speak every day, why should writing be difficult? I have since learned [...]

Nurturing Creativity

Perhaps one of the most challenging and time consuming stages of my writing process is finding out what I want to write. Finding an idea—a good idea is essential. I have often tormented myself sitting [...]

Dash Away!

Have you ever wondered what all the commotion was between hyphens and dashes? If you're writing for publication (esp in APA), you might have been given feedback from a reader or an editor about the [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

Once I know something, I find it hard to remember what it was like not to know it. As a result, I have a hard time communicating what I’ve learned. I use jargon – specialized [...]

Proofreading Made Easier

Proofreading your own writing can be a difficult enterprise. You’ve read the material so many times that your eye doesn’t catch what can be glaring to an outside reader. Errors or typos are too quickly [...]

Beyond Rules

I recently went through a box of ephemera from high school, including old essays. Each one I read started with a dictionary definition. According to Merriam-Webster, rigid (adj.) means inflexibly set in opinion, or strictly [...]

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