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Creative Writers/Tutors Reading

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Last Friday, several of our graduating creative writing graduate student tutors took part in a reading to celebrate the completion of their creative projects. We will miss them and their talents!

(Back row: Zach & Robert, Front row: Megan, Andrew, Billi, & Courtney)

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Writers of Ball State

Writer at Ball State: Amory

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Writing isn’t always poems or research. Amory, an English graduate student and Teaching Assistant, feels that ethnography and authethnographies require both creative and analytical skills. She says, “I have found that actually being good at creative nonfiction, which still applies narrative elements like plot and characterization, really comes in handy for ethnography. For characterization, if you’re talking about your participants or have to do interviews, that comes in handy because you are trying to paint a picture of a person… I’d like to incorporate more creative writing or elements of narrative into my first year composition so they can start seeing that connection…how close observation, attention to detail, being able to communicate to an audience, can be applied to any field they go into.”

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Writer at Ball State: Imari

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Technology has made finding research so much easier, but can this be a bad thing? Imari, a PreMed student, has some worries:

“I think students should learn about [technology and plagiarism] because […] technology can take away from the learning experience. It might be harder for [younger generations] to do things on their own.”

Her advice is to not copy a whole source straight from the Internet because “now it is so much easier [for professors] to compare it to other essays.” #CiteYourSources #bsuwrites

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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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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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