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The Weekly Writer
Things to Do
Today - Workshop: Composing a Video Resume
Many employers and organizations are requiring video résumés as part of a much larger application process. This workshop will help you learn about what to include, how to get started, and what the proper etiquette is for video résumés.

All workshops are held in HEAV 220, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Registration is required. Please choose the workshop you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.
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Weekdays - Conversation Groups
Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between Jan 27 - May 1.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220
  • Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Thursdays (Snack Chat) | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Fridays | 11:30 - 12:30 PM
Registration is required.  Please choose the conversation group you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Snacks will be provided on Thursdays.
Conversation Groups
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Feb 10 - Writers' Room
Writers' Room Writers' Rooms are dedicated times and places for writers of all stripes to work on their academic writing projects (e.g. class assignments, scholarly articles, dissertations, etc.). Writers should plan to spend most of the two-hour block in independent writing; however, Writing Lab tutors will be available for very brief, limited consultations if concerns arise during the writing time.

Join us on Feb 10 & 24, Mar 9 & 23, Apr 13 & 27.  All Writers' Rooms are 3:30pm - 5:30pm and located in WTHR 420.

Registration is required. Please choose the Writers' Room you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Earn a special prize when you attend at least 5!

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In the Spotlight
Outlining: Faster and more Efficient than Winging It
By Henry S., Tutor

Sun Tzu said, "Every battle is won before it is ever fought." A strong outline helps you recognize where your underdeveloped arguments are, and provides a pseudo-pictorial tool to follow the logic of your report. You can recognize the weight of each paragraph and section by the effectiveness of your bullet points. And once you have placed your information, you can transform your outline into a paper by implementing transitions, punctuations, segues, etc. Outlining will not only save you time and stress in the long-run, but it will also do the same for your professor and peers.

A general outline develops from top to bottom. First conceptualize what your purpose is and write it as one extremely specific sentence. The rest of the document should be written to support whatever that sentence is. Whether it is a critical lens essay, a technical report, or a short story, we can help make sure everything you write onward contribute to the efforts of that extremely specific sentence.

Then think about what the most important or interesting points to your argument are, and make them into major bullet-points. The sub-bullet-points will be the arguments and descriptions that defend your major bullet-points. At the Writing Lab we can help you determine when you've provided enough substance. Afterwards, copy-and-paste and organize those bullet-point sections into a logical sequence.

If you want more information about outlining or a one-on-one tutorial on the process, consider scheduling an appointment with a tutor from the Writing Lab. We are more than happy to elaborate on the details of the process.
Other Things to Do
From Our Campus Partners
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Peer Support Group
Today, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
SCHL 230        

Our Peer Support Groups will begin on January 22nd and run weekly (with the exception of 2/26) from 4:30pm-6:00pm at the LGBTQ Center (dinner will be provided).

The topics for the support group include: Stress, Mental Health, Relationships, and Substance Use and will be facilitated by a trained therapist from CAPS. The purpose of the support group is to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ students on campus to discuss issues that are relative to their well-being (particularly mental well-being) and to create social support systems that facilitate positive outcomes.

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A Conversation with Ryan Russell
Today, 6:00pm
Fowler Hall (STEW)             

Everyone is welcome! Free and open to all!

Ryan Russell is a Purdue alumnus & professional football player in the NFL, a published poet, writer, and artist. On August 29th, 2019 Ryan came out to the world as the 1st active NFL player to identify as bisexual.

Our major program series are excellent opportunities for cultural immersion projects. Please consider encouraging your students to our programs to learn about LGBTQIA+ communities and experiences!

Please visit our website for more information.

Sponsored by: Purdue Athletics; LGBTQ Center; Black Cultural Center; Honors College, College of HHS Division of Diversity and Inclusion
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Lunch and Learn: Disability Resource Center
February 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm        
PMU Anniversary Drawing Room         

The lunch and learn series is every Thursday during the semester 12pm - 1pm at the AAARCC.  Lunch will be provided.
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2020 Books & Coffee
February 6, 4:00pm     
STEW 302/306         

Week 1 with Professor Erin Moodie speaking on Madeline Miller's Circe. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
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Book Discussion: "Heart Berries"
February 7, 1:00pm - 2:30pm        

Terese Marie Mailhot’s first book “Heart Berries” continues to gain national recognition and is featured as the January 2020 pick by the PBS NewsHour-New York Times "Now Read This" book club. Join us as she discusses her memoir growing up on Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, Canada and surviving trauma and mental illness.

Sponsored by: NAECC, Purdue Four Directions Initiative-Tecumseh Post Doc Fellowship, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program.       
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2020 Books & Coffee
February 13, 4:00pm     
STEW 302/306         

Week 2 with Professor Don Platt speaking on Ross Gay's The Book of Delights.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
The Weekly Writer is published each week by the Writing Lab while classes are in session.  Please check our website owl.purdue.edu for more information on our services and hours.

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Contact Us: writing.lab@purdue.edu
Call Us: (765)494-3723

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Main Location
Heavilon Hall
Room 226
Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm  
Friday 9am - 5pm       

Hicks Undergraduate Library
Find us near the information desk
Tues, Wed, & Thurs 2pm - 4:30pm

Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library (HSSE) 
Mondays 6pm - 9pm 

Asian American & Asian Resource & Cultural Center (AACC) 
Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm 

Mechanical Engineering Building (ME) 
Gatewood Wing Rooms 2138 & 2142

Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm
For all questions, inquiries, or comments please reply to writing.lab@purdue.edu.

Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

Please note: If you have issues logging in, please call the Writing Center for assistance scheduling your appointment

Phone: 765-494-3723

Virtual Hours (Summer 2020)

Only virtual appointments are available at this time.

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM