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January 10, 2018

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The Weekly Writer

Hello and welcome to a new semester! The Weekly Writer is published each Wednesday while classes are in session. As always, please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Establishing a Working Agenda for Your Session

By Hadi B., Tutor

A Writing Lab session is most fruitful when your agenda is focused and when you know what you are coming for and you clearly communicate it. Consider these questions before you make your first appointment this semester:

  • Did you read your assignment sheet, but you just were not able to get started? Do not waste further time. The challenge you are encountering is in understanding the requirements of the assignment and in getting your ideas down on paper.
  • If you cannot write your introduction because it is overwhelming to express the main idea of the paper and lay out its foundations from the very beginning, we can assist you with that.
  • If you find it difficult to choose reliable sources to frame an argument, you are not alone! I also find it stressful to sift through Purdue Libraries' rich resources. We can share practical strategies to choose credible and relevant sources and best practices.
  • If you have too many ideas, and you cannot choose the building blocks needed to construct your argument, we can work on the following: What is important? What is relevant? What is redundant? What is too specific? What is too general?
  • If you looked at your paper while revising and you found out that the work is complete but the different parts are not connected, do not panic! I usually have strong ideas, but for some reason certain parts do not align together. We can walk you though it.
  • If you feel you have recurrent grammar mistakes, or your sentences are long and wordy, you will be able to work on grammar and sentence structure with us.

There might be ten other reasons why you want to visit the Writing Lab. One way to make your consultation sessions more productive and satisfactory is to work on one major theme at a time.

Writing Lab News & Events

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
All Writing Lab locations will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 15th. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, January 16th.

English Conversation Groups
January 16th - April 27th
If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. Sign up online »

Staff Spotlight

By Jasmin O., Tutor

My name is Jasmin Osman and I have been a Business Writing Consultant at the Purdue Writing Lab for two years. I am a double major in Political Science and Professional Writing. Both majors have prepared me for law school by teaching me to use rhetoric and audience awareness to facilitate effective communication, particularly with students from different cultures and backgrounds. My tutoring philosophy is to allow students to share their thoughts openly to improve their writing. In my sessions, I always stress that I am simply making comments and writing is left to a student’s personal style and choices. I am also constantly aware of ethics in rhetoric because rhetoric can easily turn from influence to manipulation. Ethical practices are important in my job because they build credibility which paves the way for meaningful conversation amongst groups. In sum, the Writing Lab has opened my eyes to the importance of collaboration, and I am happy I was able to help Purdue students excel with their academic and professional writing.

From Our Partners


"Heart Berries" Book Launch and Reception with Terese Mailhot
January 18th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Krannert Auditorium and Lobby

"Heart Berries" is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of PTSD and Bipolar II, Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. Mailhot is a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English. More Information »

Hours of Operation

Spring 2018

Jan 8 – Apr 27

Main Location

Heavilon Hall, Room 226

Mon – Thurs
9 AM – 6 PM

9 AM – 1 PM

Evening Satellites

HSSE Library
6 PM – 9 PM

6 PM – 9 PM

ME Building
6 PM – 9 PM

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Writing Tip of the Week

"Share your writing with friends."

-David M., Tutor

Book of the Week

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss

Recommended by Eliza G., Tutor: "This uproarious #1 bestseller provides hilarious examples of how—and how not—to use everyday features of grammar and style for more effective writing."

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

As always, please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

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Writing Consultations

Schedule a writing consultation/tutoring appointment at any location or register for our group programs with our online schedulerFace-to-face (in-person), online (live video chat), and etutoring (emailed feedback) appointments available.

Please note: You must be a Purdue student, staff, or faculty member of the West Lafayette campus to use our writing consultation services or attend our group programs. For assistance scheduling your first appointment, we've prepared a helpful guide to using our online scheduler, WCO. 


Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Evening and weekend hours may be available at our satellite locations or virtually as late as 9:00 pm, please check our online schedule for details on current availability.

Contact us

Phone: (765) 494-3723
Fax: (765) 494-3780

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