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April 11, 2018

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The Weekly Writer

The Weekly Writer is published each Wednesday while classes are in session. As always, please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Structuring Your Essay

By Devyn M., Tutor

The structure of an essay can often be a confusing topic. In high school, you may have been taught how to write the formulaic five-paragraph essay. In college, this organization is often not enough for demanding professors. In a university setting, your essay can look a little different.

First, there is always an introductory paragraph. This paragraph should include background information as well as discuss the trajectory of the paper. This paragraph should start broad and become more specific. At the end of this paragraph, it is highly recommended to have a thesis sentence. This should be the main point or argument that a paper is trying to make.

Second, there should be body paragraphs that make up an essay. There can be any number of body paragraphs that include a topic sentence, an argument, and a transition. It is very important for body paragraphs to flow so that readers can follow an argument easily.

Lastly, there must be a conclusion that summarizes the points that have been made in the essay as well as restating the thesis. This part is pretty simple because it should mirror that introduction paragraph for the most part.

For more information on how to organize an essay, come to the Writing Lab and talk with a tutor. We are trained to help you build your skills as a writer.

Writing Lab News & Events

Workshop: Professional Email Communication
April 18, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of professional communication, particularly in school or work-related settings. More Information »

Staff Spotlight

By Coby E., Tutor

My name is Coby, and this is my second semester as a tutor in the Purdue Writing Lab. I am a double major in Professional Writing and Political Science, but I also study creative writing, communication, entrepreneurship, and public policy. It seems like a lot, but I like to keep busy and study a lot of things! In addition to being a tutor, I also conduct research for the lab, most recently in gender identity and writing center space design. Writing, to me, has always been a way of expression, that can allow people of all identities to have their voices heard, and so I think it's important that writing centers are accessible to everyone. That's what I like most about being a tutor; I enjoy being able to help others find their voice through writing. Whether I am helping someone apply for a job, or get their thoughts into an essay, my biggest reward comes from helping others be their best selves, through writing.

From Our Partners


#Resist: Panel Discussion with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
April 11th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Krannert Auditorium

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. More information »


Spring Lunch and Learn Series: "Que-Nic: The Beginning of an Era"
April 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Omega Psi Phi. Workshops include a free lunch for Purdue students, staff, and faculty. More information »


The World Without Us
April 13th, 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Loeb Theater

A Theatrical Meditation on a Post-human Earth (part of the "Big Read" program with Purdue Convocations). More Information »


Día de la Familia: Quinceañera Edition
April 14th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Join the Latino Cultural Center in celebrating its 15 year anniversary, or Quinceañera, at this year's Día de la Familia! More Information »


The World Without Us
April 14th, 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Loeb Theater

A Theatrical Meditation on a Post-human Earth (part of the "Big Read" program with Purdue Convocations). More Information »


Safe Zone Training
April 16th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
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Join the Purdue Safe Zone community by participating in this interactive workshop focused on building a safe, affirming, and welcoming campus for members of the LGBTQ community. More information »


The Trouble with My Name, A One-Man Show with Javier Ávila Co-Sponsored with Delta Pi Rho Fraternity, Inc. and The Department of Theater
April 17th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Mallet Theater, Pao Hall

The Trouble with My Name, Javier Ávila's highly praised one-man show, embraces the critical issues faced by American Latinos. More Information »


Trans Inclusion Training
April 18th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Register for location

From media coverage of transgender celebrities to national discussions of transgender, transgender and non-binary identities and experiences are more visible than ever. More information »

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Spring 2018

Jan 8 – Apr 27

Main Location

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6 PM – 9 PM

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Writing Tip of the Week

"Feedback from different people makes my writing better."

-Hadi B., Tutor

Book of the Week

Nonverbal Messages Tell More by Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael Gamble

Nonverbal Messages Tell More by Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael Gamble

Recommended by Devyn M., Tutor: "This is a good read to learn about how you can read someone's actions to interpret what they are thinking."

You can find this book in the Writing Lab's library. Just ask the front desk.

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