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Can Computers Grade Essays? (No teacher needed.)

Students: Suppose you spend weeks researching and writing a term paper — only to have it “read” by a computer and instantly graded by a software program. Your teacher never … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

YouTube Quiz: Test Your Literary Smarts

How much do you know about literature and the literary greats? You may be surprised. John Green hosts this fun “Truth or Fail” quiz about “what you wish you didn’t … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Home Sweet Home (Page)

The home page may not be dead, according to blog writer Kent Anderson in this post, but now it serves more as a brand/promotional tool/billboard — and less a navigational … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Make Your Marketing Copy “Scannable”

Blah  . . . blah . . . blah . . . Delete Have you ever tried to wade through a sea of grey text, trying to find a helpful … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Will Write for Coffee: Writing/editing among the most caffeinated of careers, per study.

I can’t get through the morning (nor afternoon, nor evening, nor midnight hours) without coffee. For a caffeine addict, I’m mighty particular — my coffee must be espresso-strength, fresh-brewed, and … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · 11 Comments

Alluring Anecdotes and Necessary Nut Grafs

Apologies to Tom Petty, but the waiting really isn’t the hardest part. Not for writers, anyway. The starting is the hardest part. Getting those first few words on paper (or … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Write: Advice from the Greats

I love this BuzzFeed roundup of quotes from the Writing Greats. Each nugget bursts with inspiration, truth, and practical advice. How many writing students have been urged to “show, don’t … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · 4 Comments

Job Hunting? You Got 6 Seconds

So you’ve painstakingly written, proofed, and double-proofed your résumé. You dotted every “i,” crossed every “t,” and spell-checked every word. Hopes high, you send it off, imagining that your future … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Online Dating? Don’t Make Email Mistakes

Back in the dark ages — say 15 or 20 years ago — people met their romantic matches without benefit of tweets, texts, or dating profiles. In this B.C. (“Before … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Facebook Don’ts

How much do you share on Facebook? You already know (or I hope you do) that it’s probably not smart to tell the world about last night’s drunken escapade or … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

What NOT to Write in a Sympathy Note

How to comfort a grieving friend? A sympathy note is one of the toughest letters to write. As we struggle to find the right words to make the mourner feel … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

10 Top Press Release Tips

In my work as an editor and reporter, I receive dozens of press releases a week. Like most journalists, I’m busy and always on deadline. That means I barely have … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 2 Comments
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