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Writing 20 Theatre: Verbatim/Verboten has been much more than a class. It has been a journey; a discovery of myself as a writer. Through the course of the class, I have discovered some the subjects that I feel most passionately about. Finding this passion is crucial to my writing’s improvement. In addition to this passion, […]

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The singular tool that trumps all I have learned in this course is the power of revision. I admit it. I do not enjoy editing my own work. Why exhaust oneself DOUBLY by taking a carefully written piece and calling it inadequate? I have always trudged through revision grudgingly, but this semester through our consistent […]

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I have never been a big believer in procrastination. Even though I do spend time procrastinating, I do not take pride in doing so. I think it is a waste of time and shows a person’s weakness of character and lack of self-control.  However it sometimes does some good to rest the mind to get […]

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Academic writing can be many things; however, it usually does one of three things: explain, persuade or entertain. Throughout this semester I have written several pieces for this course; their main function was to explain my opinion about my documentary theatre and film pieces. Though they were brief explanations I feel as though I was […]

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No Answer? Yes, There Is!

As an engineering major, I am more familiar with the problems with definite answers. For most of the times, the answers have to be precise and accurate. However, the writing assignments do not seem to require the type of answers I have encountered. Sometimes, there were no definite answers. I had to learn the way […]

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While writing has never been my strongpoint, I was excited to take this course because I love all aspects of theater, whether I’m studying theater or performing. By the end of the semester, not only was I able to explore a topic that interests me but also I was able to develop new writing skills. […]

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Mengchao’s Reflection Post

As an international student, I really want to improve my writing skills since I have never taken any English writing courses before. Thus, I registered for this writing 20 class even though I was assigned to take it in spring semester, because I think academic writing is an important tool that I have to use […]

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When my academic advisor informed me that I had to take an academic writing course during my freshman year, I was rather perplexed- I had taken a number of writing courses during high school and wondered if there was any point in taking more. A few months later, I admit, thought with some mortification, that […]

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Tips for Writing Success

Writing can be a difficult process, and I have learned a lot this year on how to improve it. The biggest thing I found out, is that writing is a process. There is no one key that will turn an F paper into an A, because writing is very complex. However, the following three tips […]

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My academic Writing Survival Guide

It would be bold to claim that I have discovered many of the tools to successful academic writing at the college level, but in the four months I spent writing on documentary, I like to think I learned three valuable resources to help me get through the rest of my writing career here. Use the […]

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