Writers of Ball State

Writer at Ball State: Anthony

If you could write your essay in tweets or emojis, would you do it? Anthony, an English studies graduate student and teaching assistant says,

“I think the evolution of language is a good thing… My students are afraid to [use more relaxed/colloquial language]. They come to college assuming they have to write in a certain way. In a way, that’s true. For most disciplines, they require a set standard English. It baffles [my students] when they find out when I’m not for that and they discover that I encourage new ways to approach language.”

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BSU @ ECWCA 2017

Four graduate students and three undergraduate students from Ball State University attended and presented at the East Central Writing Center Association along with Writing Center Director Dr. Grutsch McKinney in Dowagiac, Michigan this March.

Attending writing center conferences give tutors a chance to learn from other writing center professionals about writing center work and research as well as the opportunity to contribute to writing center scholarship themselves.

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Presentations by Ball State scholars:

  • “Relinquishing Gender Binaries for Progressive Writing Centers” Anthony Salazar
  • “Body Language in the Writing Center: The Abandoned Rhetoric” Rachel Beatty
  • “More than Just a Personal Editor: A Case Study of Cross-Disciplinary Writing Consultation” Kathryn Hampshire
  • “Fostering Engagement and Creativity through the Concept of ‘Play’ in the Writing Center” Amory Orchard
  • “Navigating Linguistic Hegemony in the Writing Center: The Mythos of Standard American English and its Implications” Rachel Wright-Marquez & Noah Patterson
  • “Writing Center Leadership 101” Jackie Grutsch McKinney
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Writers of Ball State

Writer of Ball State: Jesse

Have you ever looked back on the stuff you wrote in high school? Yep, not your best work. You’ve learned a lot! Jesse, a Music Education major, explains

“I got to college. I started to doing something with focus, something I’m interested in. Writing has gotten easier. I really started understanding what I was supposed to say and how to say it. [The most important thing I learned was] being very specific. Details are so important. I also found that including more details made it way easier to meet that [minimum page] requirement.”

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Writers of Ball State

Writer of Ball State: Cory

Writing isn’t just for English majors. Cory, a Computer Science major, says “I enjoy writing. I definitely want to write more fiction. I just feel like fiction…can sometimes do a lot more. I think it can be a nice little de-stressor.” How do you compromise your science side with your creative side? Cory’s advice: “See if you can implement ideas from coding into writing or from writing into coding. Just stick with it. Even if you’re not really sure where it leads you, it could be something you never intended but love in the end.”cory.jpg

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Writer of Ball State: Anna

Every writer needs a#HandyDandyNotebok. To build a writing habit, Anna the Journalism major says, “I think just carrying around a notebook. That’s what I try to do. Whenever I think of a good story idea or just something that inspires me, I’ll write it down and later look at it and remember. If you don’t write it down, you might never remember what you thought of.” anna.jpg

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