Category: Teaching

CDF: Creative

When some people talk about creativity, they limit the concept to pursuits which are obviously artistic, such as painting, sculpting, dancing, craft projects, and the like. But using it as a Core Desired Feeling for 2016 means so much more! Creativity as a CDF is about claiming and developing a creative mindset. It is about […]


My Foray Into Tech Writing

A few weeks ago, a generous client of mine, one for whom I have done some ghostwriting and copywriting, offered me a technical writing assignment. She is creating, generating, and revising hundreds of documents which are required for her company’s ISO certification. I agreed to try my hand at the technical writing and eagerly dug […]


Seth Godin: Those people”

Seth Godin: “Those people” Today, Seth Godin posted about a situation which I commonly face every day with a slight variation. He tells of a college administrator who has predetermined that her students are only capable of, and destined for, low-paying, manual work. Seriously! Read his account (and response) yourself using the link above.  I […]


Why Teach?

I am a writer. That is my primary identity when it comes to my job and my purpose. So why do I teach? At first, I taught because I didn’t know what the hell to do with a B.A. in English. Of course, the college counselor told me I could go into ANY field- everyone […]


Clues to Identifying Exposition Styles

Many styles of expository writing sound the same. Some even have the same, or overlapping, purposes. So how can you tell the difference between them? One of the easiest ways to differentiate the styles is to look for telltale transition words that are specific to a particular style. Check out the most easily identified transitions […]


Definitions of the Most Common Expository Writing Styles

Academic writing focuses on expository writing styles, meaning writing that explains, sets forth point-by-point, or informs. Although straight-forward narrative is sometimes used, more precise writing styles are sometimes preferred to meet specific purposes. Some of the most common expository styles are listed and detailed below for your reference. Illustration: writing that uses examples to support […]


What Makes Academic Writing Different?

One of the most common comments I hear from my college students is, “I’m not a very good writer; my grammar is really bad.” There are some variation on this, but that’s the general idea. Out of the gate, I have two problems with this statement. First, academic writing is about far more than just […]