“I’m not a good writer.” “I don’t need to write for what I want to do.” “I am a mathematician.” “I don’t like to write. Here are some common responses you’ll hear when you ask people what they think about writing. The reason so many people react this way is that writing often falls into the vein of being too difficult. But is it really true? Yes, some forms of writing – like academic styles – are meant to be difficult because they require you to use critical thinking skills and put a lot of time and effort into your work. Then there is creative writing which has a bit of structure and often requires a bit of ingenuity. But it’s often meant to be a very relaxed form of writing where you can express yourself in your own way. And then we have general writing. It’s the kind of writing we do on a daily basis: texting, emailing, taking notes, etc. Wouldn’t you say that writing an email to your instructor is much easier than writing a paper? But for some, writing an academic paper is easier than writing an email or taking notes during a class. Whatever your struggle, Kentucky Wesleyan has the resources to make writing exciting, not deadly.
The Greenwell Library:
If you’ve never browsed the book shelves in the library, you’re sorely missing out. The library is filled with writing resources. The reception staff can help you find what you need in the library and in the databases. Jordan Sprunger is a research expert. Dr. Shane Armstrong is always ready to help students improve academically. But the books are the real pitfalls. At the library’s book drive, you can find old textbooks and writing manuals to keep for yourself. (You can also check them just as easily on the shelves).
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you probably know what I’m about to say: check out the writing tutors. If you’re not sure where to start, consult a writing tutor. If you’ve started but are stuck, take it to a writing tutor. If you’re almost done but want some guidance, write tutors. Honestly, you can’t go wrong asking a writing tutor to help you with your writing. Alongside them, the SSC also keeps free paper documents for the taking. These can range from citation guides to writing style guides to little grammar tips and tricks. They’re so useful if you just need a quick refresher rather than an entire tutoring session. Additionally, the SSC also has several shelves full of textbooks and writing manuals. Only, you can’t view them, so if you pick it up to read, be sure to put it back so others can read it too!
All freshmen are required to take KWC 101 and the writing workshop. I remember my KWC 101 course teaching me how to write an appropriate and professional email. In my writing workshop course, I learned to write basic versions of the different types of articles that I would continue to write throughout my years at KWC. Additionally, each KWC discipline has a designated writing course that teaches you the basics of writing for your major or minor. Business administration has a business writing course, communications has a media writing course, for science majors this class takes the form of a junior seminar, and so on. Many courses are compulsory, others are not. If you’re really determined to improve your writing and learn a specific style for your field at the same time, consider picking one up. They are designed to teach you exactly the writing techniques you will use every day in your career.
Now that I’ve equipped you with the tools, it’s up to you to use them. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that writing is pointless. Unlike algebra, you will use it every day of your life.