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September 27, 2017

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The Weekly Writer

Speeches: Beyond Writing a Script

By Amy L., Tutor

When you come in with a speech assignment, we can help you make the transition from written to oral communication. Whatever the topic is, we will help you develop a coherent, cohesive, and interesting presentation.

First, we can help you become more aware of the audience that you are presenting to. We'll talk about how to align your message to what they already know or believe before you can successfully inform or influence them.

In a persuasive speech, the next step is being clear on your stance in the situation. Once you have your ideas and stance solidified, we help you organize them into a clear, concise, and understandable format that the audience will relate to.

Then you would be adding your own personality. In a speech, you can enhance the audience's understanding through your gestures, pauses, and cues. We can go through a few run-throughs and give you feedback on how you can work on your eye contact, inflection, speed, and other aspects of the presentation.

We can also help with the visual aid, if you have one. Does it supplement your speech or will it distract? We can talk about any text you'll display, but we can also help with the visual design and layout as well.

Altogether, we can help you create a well-rounded presentation that will wow your audience.

Writing Lab News & Events


Workshop: Statements of Purpose for Grad School Applications
October 4th, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Getting a jump start on your graduate school applications? Learn tips and strategies for creating an effective personal statement. Learn more »

Staff Spotlight


By Liz W., Tutor

Hello there! My name is Liz and I am a junior studying English and Professional Writing in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue. This is my first semester tutoring at the Writing Lab and I am loving it so far—I believe that there is so much power contained in the words we use and I enjoy helping others feel empowered by strengthening the things they have written. I know it can be very scary to show your writing to another human being because it can be extremely personal and require vulnerability. I've experienced those feelings every time I've come into the Writing Lab to get help for my own work. But, I have always found confidence knowing that this is a safe space to foster creativity, and the one-on-one interaction with other writers who share the same desire to foster growth through writing makes the experience worthwhile. I cannot wait to begin growing as writers together.

Fun fact: You can almost always find me reading in the chair by the window at Vienna Coffee Shop—their chai lattes are delicious!

From Our Partners


LCC Rebellious Women Book Reading facilitated by Dr. Cara Kinnally
Today, 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Latino Cultural Center, 426 Waldron St

Dr. Kinnally of the Spanish and Portuguese department will lead the discussion of Alicia Partnoy's "The Little Red School." Copies of Partnoy's book are available to check out at the LCC. More information »

LCC LGBTQ

Fabulous Friday Graffiti Workshop with Miguel "Kane One" Aguilar
September 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Latino Cultural Center, 426 Waldron St

Join Miguel "Kane One" Aguilar as he teaches hour-long graffiti workshops at the Latino Cultural Center. Each session lasts one hour and begins on the hour. We will break at noon for lunch. More information »

NAECC

Restoring Silent Voices: Revitalizing Native American Languages
October 3, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LWSN B151

Presenter: Wilhelm Meya, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Language Conservancy and the Lakota Language Consortium. "Every five months, another Native American language is lost forever. Today, only 2% of Native Americans are fluent in their language, nearly all elders. Most languages have only a handful of speakers left. It is a crisis. And yet there is hope. Since 2005, The Language Conservancy has worked with more than a dozen tribes to help save their languages. TLC has demonstrated that Native American languages can be revitalized. But the work can't be done only in the classroom." (Wilhelm Meya) Sponsored by NAECC, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Indigenous and Endangered Languages Lab, and Department of History. More information »

Boilers OUT Loud!

Boilers OUT Loud!
October 3 & 4, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mallett Theatre (PAO)

Boilers OUT Loud! is a collection of funny, interesting, exciting, serious, creative, poignant, sometimes embarrassing but always REAL stories authored and performed by Purdue University students, faculty, and staff. These monologues shed light on the process of “Coming Out,” or sharing our identities with the world. Each unique story explores the diverse experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ people and their straight allies while also highlighting the power of the spoken word to educate and empower. More information »

Hours of Operation

Fall 2017

Aug 21 – Dec 13

Main Location

Heavilon Hall, Room 226

Mon – Thurs
9 AM – 6 PM

Fridays
9 AM – 1 PM

Evening Satellites

HSSE Library
Mondays
6 PM – 9 PM

AAARCC
Tuesdays
6 PM – 9 PM

ME Building
Wednesdays
6 PM – 9 PM

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Writing Tip of the Week

"Be careful when using a thesaurus because not all synonyms have the exact meaning."

-Mackenzie C., Tutor

Book of the Week

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

Now on the shelf, we have the most up-to-date source for formatting and citation in this style.

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

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Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

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

Phone: 765-494-3723

Fall 2018 Hours
Heavilon 226
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Satellite Locations and Hours

Fall 2018

HSSE Library - Collaborative Study Center (CSC)*
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Asian American and Asian Resource and Culture Center (AACC)*
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)*
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Appointments required at all locations.

*Same-day appointments only. Spaces released at 5:00PM each day.