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

2018-07-19T02:51:00+00:00Tags: , , , |

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 of the APA Ethics Code The purpose of this study is to better understand the cultural influences reflected in and [...]

Cracking the Cover Letter

2018-11-19T16:44:10+00:00Tags: , , , |

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.  Unfortunately, as a graduate student, cover letters are an unavoidable part of my life.  Many graduate school, practicum, and job [...]

Rules with Academic Degrees

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

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 academy we might feel compelled to capitalize all our degrees as well as subject areas.  We’ve worked hard and our [...]

Dash Away!

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

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 Em Dash vs the En Dash. It might seem fussy detail, but there is a difference. And some readers notice. [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

2018-11-19T16:52:17+00:00Tags: , , , |

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 words that experts in the field know. I don’t include examples and evidence that seem obvious to me. I expect [...]

Proofreading Made Easier

2019-02-05T18:03:57+00:00Tags: , |

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 lost to your own field of vision. After all the hard work of conceptualizing, researching, writing and revising, you want [...]

Revising for Clarity and Precision: The Paramedic Method

2018-12-01T23:47:04+00:00Tags: , , , , |

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 understanding. To ensure greater readability, try using the Paramedic Method described here. The “Paramedic Method” is an easy, do-it yourself [...]

Beyond Rules

2019-03-21T23:24:37+00:00Tags: , , , |

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 observed. I think an English teacher told me that one possible way to start an introduction is to define a [...]