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December 2019 Live Webinar Events

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Join us for our Live Webinar Events in December, 2019. We hope you can join these live sessions, but if not, we archive recordings of all of our sessions. Access our webinar archive here.

Title:Life Cycle of a Paper
Date:Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time (Eastern):8:00PM - 9:00PM
Audience:All Students
Title:Beginnings and Endings: Introduce and Conclude Your Writing
Date:Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time (Eastern):12:00PM - 1:00PM
Audience:All Students

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The Walden University Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers. 


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There’s a New APA Manual: What Does It Mean for Walden?

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As you may have heard, APA released a new, seventh edition of its Publication Manual on October 1. For now, Walden will continue using the sixth edition of the manual, so no actions are needed from students or faculty yet! The Writing Center is working with academic leaders to ensure the transition to the updated manual will be smooth, and to communicate timelines and other details of this transition as they are decided.

Walden Writing Center staff members have all received copies of the seventh edition of the APA manual and are currently doing a close read to understand the changes that come with it. Throughout November, we’ll be assembling a document detailing these changes, which we’ll use to make the needed revisions to our own resources and to develop student and faculty training. Faculty and students will be receiving a communication in the next few weeks with some clarification on this transition and the next steps.

In the meantime, Walden students, faculty, and staff can visit the APA Transition Page on the Writing Center website for announcements related to APA 7 and send any questions about this transition to the Writing Center at APA7@mail.waldenu.edu


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The Walden University Writing Center provides a broad range of writing instruction and editing services for students, including writing assistance for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral capstone writers. 


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November Live Webinar Events from the Walden University Writing Center!

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This month, our Writing Instructors will be presenting live webinar sessions on practical (and important!) scholarly writing topics. If you're able to join our webinars at the times listed below, great! Be prepared to think about, chat about, and practice scholarly writing skills in an interactive presentation space with plenty of like-minded Walden scholar-practitioners. Writing can sometimes feel like a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be!

Join us this month for these sessions:

Title:Practical Tips to Successfully Write in Academic American English
Date:Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time (Eastern):1:00PM - 2:00PM
Audience:All Students
Title:Practical Writing Skills: Incorporating Analysis and Synthesis
Date:Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time (Eastern):8:00PM - 9:00PM
Audience:All Students

If you're unable to attend these sessions in person, no problem! You're free to view the recordings of these sessions, and any of our 50+ webinar recordings. Click here to access our library of fully-accessible, informative, super-helpful webinar recordings! 


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The Walden University Writing Center is home to a staff of trained, professional Writing Instructors and Dissertation Editors. The Writing Center's staff works with Walden University students' writing in one on one sessions, but also creates resources that can be used by students to enhance their own scholarly writing skills. As students come to the Writing Center with a variety of learning styles and preferences, the Writing Center's staff supports these students with a resources that appeal to the diversity of Walden U's body of students. 

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WriteCast Episode 57: Steps for Revising, Part I: The Big Stuff

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Revision is a major part of the writing process, and different types of revising warrant different strategies. Claire and Kacy give tips and resources for how to revise your writing for bigger patterns and issues in your current drafts as well as your future coursework.

To listen to today's episode, click in the player below. You can also visit our WriteCast Podcast show page to access our complete archive of episodes and view transcripts of all our WriteCast episodes. Enjoy!

Recommended Resources Mentioned in This Episode



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The Walden University Writing Center produces WriteCast: A Casual Conversation for Serious Writers to support the community of scholarly writers at Walden University.

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Thesis Sentences vs. Blueprint Sentences

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“Dear, Kacy. This is a blueprint sentence, not a thesis.” 
This succinct comment stands out in my memory because it’s one of the first true pieces of constructive criticism I ever received on my writing.

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The sentence was written in the margin of the first page of my first real research paper. As an end-of-year project, each student in my sixth-grade class selected a country to write a report on, and then we created poster boards and made traditional food from the country to share at an international day at my school. I picked Bermuda because at the time I was a little obsessed with the Bermuda Triangle. I remember cutting out pictures of business people wearing shorts with their suit jackets, and baking some really good cookies that seemed like sugar cookies to me but were also apparently very Bermudan.

For the first two weeks, I received every possible point for the project. I’d come to school with six (beyond the requirement of five!) books on the day our sources were required. I’d diligently written out the assigned number of index cards with individual facts. After turning in the outline I’d crafted using my index cards, I was fully prepared to collect another perfect score.

“What?? What’s a blueprint sentence?” Probably I should have asked what a thesis sentence was, because I had an example of a blueprint sentence right in front of me: Bermuda is located on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean and this paper is about its history, economy, and culture. Like the blueprint of a building, I’d provided a layout of the contents of my paper, but I hadn’t produced an argument or put forth any idea. My reader would know to expect a paragraph on Bermuda’s history, a paragraph about its economy, and a paragraph about the culture. But what did I want to say about the country?

I think my thesis statement ended up being something about the Bermuda Triangle, but I can’t say for sure. And I had to double-check that Bermuda is indeed in the Atlantic Ocean while drafting this post. So, the actual information I obtained during the project clearly hasn’t stayed with me too well. But I still think about this experience when teaching, tutoring, or writing myself. It’s great to give your reader an idea about the general format of your paper, but the most important part isn’t a list of the different topics you’ll cover. 

The advantage of hindsight (and a few additional decades of writing experience) tells me I should have realized this from the beginning. After all, I had picked Bermuda because of its mysterious Triangle, so why shouldn’t I use what peaked my own interest to grab my reader’s? And why is it that I can so vividly remember the picture I copied from a book, of a group of men holding briefcases and wearing shorts under their suit coats, but I can’t remember Bermuda’s capital? Or where I left my phone? 

Hmmm. Can someone try calling it?


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Kacy Walz is a Minnesota native currently living in St. Louis, MO. She has been a Writing Instructor at Walden since 2016 and spends most of her free time trying to complete her PhD, seeking out adventure, and playing with her puppy dog.

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