A Word from Your Librarian

Before diving into the vast ocean of information at your fingertips, take a deep breath. Ask yourself, “How important is it to get this answer right?” In fact, ask yourself three questions. Is more or less correct good enough? For a double chocolate chip cookie recipe or book review, Google is your friend. If the...
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How to Write Anything

During high school, you might have written short responses and essays. Now going into college and in your careers, and even in your daily life as an adult, you will be writing many other genres of writing: emails, lab reports, marketing plans, article reviews… the list is endless. While all of these might have some...
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10 Tips for Improving Your Writing Process

Start early. This suggestion counters people’s desire to procrastinate, but the earlier you initiate the writing process, the better off you’ll be in terms of preparation, ability to change directions as needed, and minimize stress. Pre-write. Use the journalist questions, free write (writing continuously for a pre-determined amount of time), cluster or map, make lists...
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What is Creative Nonfiction?

Here at UMHB, I teach a class called Creative Writing: Prose. This upper-level course focuses on reading and writing the short story as well as creative nonfiction. Students are always familiar with the former genre but not necessarily so with the latter. Inevitably on the first day of class, some confusion surfaces about so-called “creative...
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