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Strategies for Enhancing 'Flow' in Your Academic Writing: New Blog Series Starts Monday

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We are proud to announce the start of a five-part series on this blog that addresses one of the most commonly asked-about topics here in the Walden U Writing Center: How do I make my writing flow?

Two years ago, Writing Instructor extraordinaire Beth wrote a post for the Writing Center blog on the topic of creating flow. We knew our readers were interested in understanding and practicing these important skills, but we had no idea how quickly Beth's post would reach Greatest Hits status. Since that time, "Five Ways to Create Flow" continues to be one of our most viewed posts, our Instructors and Editors continue to receive questions related to flow, and our WritingSupport@waldenu.edu inbox continues to fill up with requests for more instruction on flow.

With that in mind, it is with great excitement that we announce our upcoming blog series. Starting on Monday, June 27th, we will revisit Beth's post and go into much greater detail about each of the five strategies cited in the post. Over the next weeks, check back in regularly for tips on how to enhance your writing's flow by using these strategies:

  • Making Logical Connections
  • Using Topic Sentences
  • Transitioning Between Sections
  • Writing With Concise Prose
  • Varying Sentence Structure

If you're curious, you can find Beth's original (and very helpful) post by clicking here.

Stay tuned. And let us know how we can help you become a better writer.

The Walden University Writing Center Blog is seven years old now and is a precocious, curious, and unpredictable bundle of joy. Consisting of the efforts of a revolving team of professional Writing Instructors and Editors, the blog combines healthy doses of wit, humor, advice, and reflection on topics sure to appeal differently to writers everywhere.

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Learning the Language of Academic Writing

Recently, my husband and I enrolled in a local Somali language class to better communicate in the heart language of some of our friends. In our first class, the teacher told us his immigration story and gave us some background on Somali culture and customs. We then learned the Somali alphabet. Later we learned a few general greetings: What is your name? Magacaa? My name is… Magacaygu waa… and so on. 

As we moved forward in the difficult and rewarding process of language learning, I couldn’t help but think about the parallels between learning a language and learning the “language” of academic writing. Here are a few of my observations. Do any of these ring true in your own experience?

Thursday Thoughts: Course-Specific Writing Resources Will Soon be Your Best Friend

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Did you know that the Walden University Writing Center has writing guides for common courses that are offered regularly at Walden? To help our students manage and excel in the writing-rich online classroom environment, we've created guides you can use as you move through your course. 

These week-by-week guides will help you complete your writing tasks by:
  • Providing Writing Center resources that will assist you in your assignment
  • Offering targeted writing tips that will give you strategies for completing the writing task you've undertaken for the course 
  • Granting access to sources required to complete assignments via the Walden University Library's Course Guides

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If you're enrolled in any of these common Walden graduate courses, check out the link and see what we've got for you:

We have these course-specific writing resources available for undergraduate courses:

We certainly hope these course-specific resources will be helpful. If you'd like to make a suggestion for the next course guide we create, let us know in the comments below. 

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is a part of the Walden University Center for Student Success. The CSS also houses the Walden Library, Career Services Center, and Academic Skills Center. As part of this four-pronged approach, the Writing Center strives to increase the writing skills of all writers, students, and agents of positive social change

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A Paper of A Thousand Pages Begins with a Single Word

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When you see that flashing cursor on a blank Word document, do you feel excited for the possibilities of what can fill the page? Or are you consumed by dread and anxiety, knowing you are the one who has to fill the page? Getting started on a new assignment, even when you are excited for it, can be a difficult task. Armed with your assignment prompt, a clear understanding of the topic, ideas about what you want to say, and stacks of research at your disposal, you may still find yourself struggling with where to start.

Preparing to write is an important part of the writing process. We, as writers, take that time to get to know our subject through careful reading and thinking. However, moving in to the first draft can be a sticking point for many writers. You may know what you want to say, but where do you begin? Let's look at a few possible starting points that might work for you as you begin your next writing project.

Title image for this post. Hands on a keyboard with the word START on a screen.

WriteCast Episode 28: 5 Things to Avoid When Writing an Introduction

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We are pleased to announce the release of Episode 28 of WriteCast: A Casual Conversation for Serious Writers. This installment of the Writing Center podcast aligns with our recent blog post about how to write effective introductions to your course papers. However, to avoid being redundant, Beth and Brittany share with us their five thing to avoid when writing introductions.  

Along with their entertaining mix of banter and instruction, your hosts discuss topics like:

  • How much evidence should you include in your intro?
  • Is there a target length your intro should be?
  • When should you write your intro?

Listen to this installment by streaming the episode in the player below. Enjoy!

And check out our WriteCast homepage on the Walden University Writing Center website where you can find a list of all 28 episodes of our "casual conversation for serious writers" as well as transcripts of each one. 

Happy Listening!

The WriteCast podcast is produced by the Walden University Writing Center. New episodes are published monthly, and suggestions for episode topics are always welcome. Just leave a note in the comments. 

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