Congratulations, Tara Nichol, M.Ed, Antioch University New England!

WEX is honored to feature Tara Nichols. She received her Waldorf Masters of Education from Antioch University New England. She wrote her dissertation on Trauma Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education.  Nichol's intention of this research [...]

Featuring WEX Writer: Kyle Benson, MA – Therapist & Blogger

The Writers' Exchange is pleased to feature Kyle Benson, an Intentionally Intimate Relationship coach providing practical, research-based tools to build long-lasting relationships. Kyle is a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Antioch [...]

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 [...]

Using Mindfulness to Soothe the Anxious Writer

Trying to start a new academic paper used to leave me in a cold sweat, panicked and nauseated. When I sat down to start, my mind was distracted by thoughts warring for my attention. I [...]

Congratulations, Jedidiah Savard, Psy.D, Antioch University Seattle!

Please join The Writers' Exchange in congratulating Jedidiah Savard in the successful completion of his dissertation: Reducing Adolescent Anger and Aggression with Biofeedback: A Mixed-Methods Study My dissertation research focused on evaluating the efficacy of [...]

Congratulations, Tammera Cooke, Psy.D, Antioch University Seattle!

Please join The Writers' Exchange in congratulating Dr. Tammera Cooke, PsyD, in the successful completion of her dissertation: Psychology's Struggle to Locate a Moral Vision in a Value-Neutral Framework: A Hermeneutic Perspective on Standard 3.05 [...]

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 [...]

Triage Your Thinking

I often have trouble deciding what to write about in a paper. It is typical for one initial idea to spin off into multiple different yet relevant avenues, and I hit a wall in my [...]

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 [...]

Revising for Clarity and Precision

Perhaps you’ve been told that your writing is wordy or that your heavy phrasing confuses your reader. Most writers face this problem of “overwriting.” However, clear sentences are integral to clarity and facilitating your reader’s [...]

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 [...]

Do I Really Have to Ask For Help?

I used to sit in the back of the classroom struggling to comprehend what the teacher wanted from me. Sometimes assignments would be pretty clear to me. Other times, it was as if the teacher [...]

When in Doubt, Begin With a Brain Dump

For as long as I can remember, I have been a slow writer. To frame “slow” in a quantitative perspective, I have averaged 2.5 words per minute at the onset of typing lengthy papers. On [...]

Learning to Listen

I once spoke with a sculptor about how she works. “I get this idea in my head,” she told me. “I’ll start sketching it in my notebooks, trying to imagine what it will look like [...]

Procrastination Nation

I acquired a nasty habit in college: procrastination. However, I’ve started retraining myself not to wait until the last minute to write. I used to say “Oh, I write better under pressure,” except that writing [...]

The Tension with Tenses

I’ve found that when working with ESL students, the most challenging thing for me has been explaining verb tenses. Now, as a bilingual person, I completely understand how confusing English is. That doesn’t mean I [...]

Reading Your Reader

“You need a comma here. Also, what does this sentence mean?” I know unclear comments are just a part of getting feedback, but I still do a double-take when I see them. What were you, [...]

Finding Clarity Despite the Clutter

Like many, I multi-task throughout the day, juggling various responsibilities at the computer. Today, I’m juggling emails, finishing reports, editing texts, and writing this reflection.  If I am not careful, a variety of documents stack [...]

Desperately Seeking Reliable Sources

I often find myself desperately in search of up-to-date sources, combing databases for work relevant to my topic. Looking for sources can be frustrating, as I type in dozens of different combinations of words to [...]

Writing With Purpose [Video]

WEX Editor and Writer Vincent Kovar discusses writing with a specific purpose.

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Rethinking Writer’s Block

“I’m not a writer. I don’t want to become a writer. I just want to finish this document. Could you wordsmith it for me?” I hear this, or something like it, all the time at [...]

Go With the Flow

This past week, heavy rain near my house brought the streams to bank-full and sent frantic torrents of brown water lilting downstream to the river. As I drove to work under dripping trees, over glistening [...]

A Walk in the Desert

Several years ago, I ran across an essay called My Advice on Writing Advice by David James Duncan. At that time, I had been years deep in an extended study of all the how-to writing [...]

Striving for Imperfection

When I was a young writer, I saw the written word as carefully crafted and immaculate. Writing was the transfer of knowledge from the expert to me. To be a writer, I believed I had [...]

Learning to Accept Feedback

When I finish a draft, I want to hear how a reader reacts to my thinking and the way I’ve expressed it. I know from experience that this feedback will help make my next draft [...]

A Recipe for Semi-accuracy

I like to think of punctuation as spice for words—sprinkle in a pinch of commas, add a dash of dashes, and drop in a semicolon or two for flavor. Semicolons, though, can be like the [...]

Anatomy Matters

John McPhee is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who helped reinvent narrative non-fiction. He is also one of my writing heroes and mentors (even if he doesn’t know it.) McPhee has often spoken about one [...]

Trimming the Fat

The best of my writing is marked by a direct, concise style, and yet I confess that it seldom begins that way. In fact, I tend to “overwrite” as I discover what I want to [...]

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 [...]

A Tale of Two Sentences

Every good thing I have written has two introductions: one for the reader, and one for myself. The former is my objective, but I inevitably begin first drafts with the latter. These rough beginnings clarify [...]

Give a Good Gift

Recently I came across an article by Stephen Pressfield that reminded me my readers are  “donating [their] time and attention, which are supremely valuable commodities."  I owe it to them to give something valuable, whether [...]

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 down [...]

A Cure for the Citation Blues

I believe deeply that we should cite our sources. When we cite sources, we honor those who helped us learn. We also make it possible for our readers to follow the path of our learning [...]

Having a Writing Mentor

Finding a mentor as we dive into writing can be enormously valuable. Whether live or in text format, having a kind, emphatic voice about the writing process can relieve internal stresses while also illustrating that we are [...]

Avoiding Pesky Spelling Errors

I think it's safe to say that writers have one thing in common: we have all misspelled a word or two in our lives. One of the most annoying spelling errors is caused by a simple [...]

Silencing the Monkey

Like many writers, I spend much time researching and preparing to write, and my office is quickly littered with stacks of books, folders, and scribbled pages. What might appear as disorder is actually a reflection of my exploration [...]

Find a Community of Writers

You don't have to write alone! Recently I found myself re-reading Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. While King writes with a delightful irreverence, he offers a very grounded, no-nonsense perspective about writing. As I read [...]