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Let’s Be Real

The best writing advice I ever got and gave is to write sincerely. Working in the CWE, I see a lot of writers using an enormous vocabulary, trying to sound “sophisticated and intelligent.” While not inherently a bad idea, trying to sound “sophisticated” (whatever that means) often has the opposite affect. When I see people […]

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How I discovered a new way to write

I just finished my final essay for my summer class in British Lit. Usually essay writing is a stressful process for me. I wait and wait until the last minute and then stay up all night writing and wondering why I waited so long. This time, I did still wait to get started, but I […]

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High Seas Writing Center

It was a glorious postcolonial weekend. Not only did I liberate myself from my studies long enough to see The King’s Speech, but I stumbled across an old but unsold Dover Thrift Edition of the narratives of James Cook’s voyages at a failing Borders bookstore in Paramus, NJ. The circa 1970s introduction to the paperback […]

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