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11 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Universal Design and Learning Preferences (Episode 84)
Veronica Oliver joins the podcast to discuss universal design and learning preferences, and how students can use this information to help have more effective paper reviews from the writing center. Relevant resources: Can you Doodle Your Way to Better Writing? blog post on learning preferences.Mapping your Mind with Bubbl.us blog postSpeech to Text: Prewriting by Speaking blog postOur Paper Reviews webpage See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Avoiding Bias (Episode 83)
How do you avoid bias in academic writing? We dive into the APA 7th edition guidelines on this topic including descriptors, avoiding generalization, and using singular they. Relevant Resources: APA webpages on bias free languageInclusivity and academic writing blog postWriteCast Episode 46: Inclusive Language: Gender-Neutral Pronouns and Identity-First Language See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Jeannie's Approved Prospectus (Episode 82)
Jeannie, a Walden student and former writing instructor, discusses having her prospectus approve and moving on to the proposal. She discusses tips and her experience finding the right problem to pursue and getting support from her chair. Relevant resources: WriteCast Episode 76: An Interview with the LibraryWriteCast Episode 44: Interview with Jeannie Croichy, EdD StudentWriteCast Episode 63: Starting the Prospectus, an Interview with Jeannie Croichy, Doctoral Student and Writing InstructorWriteCast Episode 77: Keeping Up Your MotivationWriteCast Episode 78: Interview with Dr. Cheryl Read: Finishing a PhD See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Conclusions (Episode 81)
Conclusions can be tricky, Claire and Kacy go over some successful strategies and what to avoid with conclusions. Relevant resources: Conclusions webpageAnd So, in Conclusion blog postWriteCast Episode 43: How and Why to Revise with a Reverse Outline See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Synthesis (Episode 80)
Synthesis can be tricky, but Claire and Kacy discuss how to bring ideas together using writing skills, plus some discussion of how writing is like being a lawyer and a chef!Relevant Resources:Transitioning into Better Writing blog postPodcast Episode 33: Tackling TransitionsTransitions webpagePodcast Episode 38: The Literature Review Matrix: What It Is, How to Use It, and How to Make It Work for You Literature Review MatrixSynthesis and Thesis Development webinar See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 minutes | May 3, 2021
How to Start Writing (Episode 79)
What should you do once you have your assignment? Claire and Kacy discuss how to start writing. Relevant resources: Literature Review MatrixThe Literature Review Matrix: What it is, How to Use it, And How to Make it Work for You (Episode 38)Wrestling with Writer's Block Episode (Episode 26) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Interview with Dr. Cheryl Read: Finishing a PhD (Episode 78)
“The challenges of grad school are temporary, the degree is something you’ll have forever.” Dr. Cheryl Read, one of our Writing Instructors, discusses obtaining her PhD while working full-time, raising a family, and navigating a pandemic. Episodes mentioned:Episode 49: Meet Your Reviewer: Cheryl ReadEpisode 62: How to Start and Sustain a Writing GroupEpisode 77: Keeping Up Your Motivation See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Keeping Up Your Motivation (Episode 77)
Staying motivated is tough these days. Claire and Kacy share some tips to keep your motivation for writing projects. Resources mentioned:WriteCast episode 34: Taking Care of Yourself with Mindful WritingWriteCast episodes 39 & 40: Positive Writing AffirmationsWriteCast episode 61 and bonus episode: Restorative WritingWriting retreat blog post: Writing in the Midst of UncertaintyPomodoro tracker websiteWritten?Kitten! kitten photo reward website See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
An Interview with the Library (Episode 76)
Librarian Kim Burton visits the podcast to discuss support for students in their research and writing projects. Resources mentioned:Library website: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/libraryAsk a Librarian and Quick Answers homepageCitation Management Software overview webpageLibrary review of ZoteroLibrary tips on organizing researchWriting Center literature review matrix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Collaborative Article Writing (Episode 75)
Claire, Kacy, and guests Miranda and Christina discuss their work collaborating on writing an academic article, with additional tips for student writers to keep in mind!Resources mentioned:WriteCast Episode 8 (Rebroadcast as episode 48): Top 10 Tips for Group PapersWriteCast Episode 49: How to Set and Stick to a Writing GoalWriteCast Episode 61: Restorative Writing See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Tips for Language Learners (Episode 74)
When learning and writing in a language other than your first, there are many challenges. Guest Amy Bakke and Claire discuss their experiences with learning secondary languages and tips for students learning and writing in English. Relevant Resources:Webpages for multilingual studentsGrammar modulesWriting at the Graduate Level webinarGrammar webinars See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
APA 7 Top 10 Proofreading Tips (Episode 73)
Switching from APA 6 to APA 7th edition? This episode is for you! Claire and Kacy discuss 10 top revisions for your course papers as you make the shift to APA 7.Resources mentioned:APA 6/7 comparison tablesAPA 7 Transition webinar See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 minutes | May 19, 2020
Emotional Intelligence for Online Students (Episode 72)
Emotional Intelligence can help students and individuals connect, be more self aware, and achieve positive outcomes. How does emotional intelligence apply to online learning? Claire and Kacy explore some ways Walden students can use EI to benefit their online interactions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
7 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
APA 7 : Update and Favorite Changes (Episode 71)
APA 7 is new and exciting! Claire and Kacy discuss APA 7 for Walden students and go over a few favorite changes in this month's episode.Resources discussed:APA transition pageAPA's website See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
APA 7 Update (Episode 70)
APA 7 is out! In this episode, Claire discusses what Walden students need to know regarding this update and what to expect moving forward in 2020.Resources:Writing Center APA 7 update page: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa/7transition See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
How to Write an Award Application (Episode 69)
Beth returns to WriteCast to talk with Claire and Kacy about writing an award application. Beth is a 2016 winner of an Online Learning Consortium's Effective Practice Award for the Writing Center's interactive modules.Resources:Beth's award application, “Walden University Writing Center Interactive Modules: Student Writing Support Any Time, Anywhere” Online Learning Consortium's Effective Practice Awards information See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Writing for Social Change: Letters to Legislators (Rebroadcast; Episode 68)
To help celebrate Walden University's Global Days of Service that takes place each October, we're rebroadcasting our 56th episode featuring two Walden Writing Center instructors who work toward positive social change in their communities by writing to their local representatives. Hosts Kacy and Claire talk with Melissa and Meghan about how this writing is similar and different to academic writing, tools they use, and what they have experienced as a result.Resources:Scholarly VoiceAudienceUsing EvidenceWriteCast episode #51: Using Evidence in Academic WritingWriting for Social Change webinar seriesWalden Writing Center Blog posts on writing for social changeSocial Change at the Writing CenterWalden Writing Center weekly e-newsletter (e-mail email@example.com and ask to be added to the distribution list)ResistBot See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
From Discussion Post to Paper (Episode 67)
Kacy and Claire discuss two strategies students can use to turn a discussion post from an assignment that feels like busywork to a useful tool in developing a longer course paper. Resources mentioned: "From Prompt to Post: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Effective Discussion Posts" blog post"Writing Introductions for Discussion Board Posts" blog post"To Cite Yourself or Not To Cite Yourself: That Is The Question!" blog post"A Discussion About Discussion Posts (Episode 25)" WriteCast episode"A Philosophical (and Practical) Look at Self-Plagiarism (Episode 30)" WriteCast episodeWebpage on citing yourself and avoiding self-plagiarism See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
Killing Your Darlings and Finding Your Gems (Episode 66)
Claire and Kacy explain the concept of "killing your darlings"--removing pieces of your writing project that you are reluctant to get rid of, even if doing so would improve the piece. They share three tips to help cope with the difficulty of deleting parts of your work and how to get the most out of this revision process.Resources:RevisionRevising Strategies web resourcesRevision Strategies: A Three-Part Blog Series"Use the Paramedic Method to Resuscitate Your Writing" blog post"The 5 Rs of Revision (Episode 14)" WriteCast episodeRecorded webinar: "Improving Your Writing: Strategies for Revising, Proofing, and Using Feedback" See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
Book Club: "How to Write a Lot" (Episode 65)
We're excited to introduce our first Book Club episode! Writing instructors and PhD students Kacy and Cheryl chat about Paul J. Silva's How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Whether you've read the book or not, listen in to hear what Kacy and Cheryl found particularly useful, what advice was less relevant for them, and how they are using the suggestions in their own writing practices.Resources:How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic WritingProductivity 101: An Introduction to the Pomodoro TechniqueMytomatoes.comWriteCast episode "How to Start and Sustain a Writing Group (Episode 62)"WriteCast episode "Meet Your Reviewer: A Conversation with Cheryl Read, Writing Instructor and PhD Student (Episode 49)"WriteCast episode "5 Tips for Establishing a Writing Practice (Episode 17)"Kacy's favorite quotes from the book: Specious Barrier #1: “I can’t find time to write." "Why is this barrier specious? The key lies in the word find. When people endorse this specious barrier, I imagine them roaming through their schedules like naturalists in search of Time To Write, that most elusive and secretive of creatures...If you think that writing time is lurking somewhere, hidden deep within your weekly schedule, you will never write a lot...Finding time is a destructive way of thinking about writing. Never say this again. Instead of finding time to write, allot time to write" (12).“Struggling writers who ‘wait for inspiration’ should get off their high horse and join the unwashed masses of real academic writers. The ancient Greeks assigned muses for poetry, music, and tragedy, but they didn’t mention a muse for journal articles written in APA style” (26).“On my list of maladaptive practices that make writing harder, Not outlining is pretty high—just above Typing With Scratchy Wool Mittens, just below Training My Dog to Take Dictation. Outlining is writing, not a prelude to ‘real writing.’ Writers who complain about ‘writer’s block’ are writers who don’t outline” (79).“You don’t need special traits, special genes, or special motivation to write a lot. You don’t need to want to write—people rarely feel like doing unpleasant tasks that lack deadlines—so don’t wait until you feel like it. Productive writing involves harnessing the power of habit, and habits come from repetition. Make a schedule and sit down to write during your scheduled writing time. You might spend the first few sessions cursing, groaning, and gnashing your teeth, but at least you’re curing during your scheduled time and not in binges” (129). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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