• Paper or Digital?

    Recently I came under some good-natured (?) teasing about being a 21st-century professor who still collects paper copies of student writing. Yes, I do, for several reasons. I believe that manuscript presentation is pa...
    Suzanne Smith
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  • Coming to Teaching

    [This was originally posted February 1, 2011.]   Recently I was asked by a group of new writing teachers to give them one single piece of advice about teaching. As I tried to compose myself—just one?—...
    Nancy Sommers
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  • Helping writers develop good habits

    Hello, dear Colleagues: I send all good wishes to you and your students for the new academic year. I’m often asked these two questions at the start of the semester: What are the best ways to introduce a Hac...
    Nancy Sommers
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  • Thank you, MLA!

    Dear Friends—let’s welcome the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, published April 1, 2016, a simpler and more flexible system for students to learn and for us to teach. Most importantly, it is a system that ...
    Nancy Sommers
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  • Blogging for 'Huffington Post': Writing for a New Audience

    Blogging started for me with the desire to enter our vast digital public square for conversation. As a writing teacher, I love watching my students’ fearlessness as bloggers. They understand the blogosphere as a...
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  • Here's what I'm doing for the first week of class

    The academic year is fast approaching. I’m looking forward to meeting my students and returning to the classroom. One of my goals during the first weeks of the semester is to introduce students to the handbook w...
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  • Our Teaching, Ourselves

    This blog was originally posted on February 13th, 2014.   Dear Readers: Here’s a question for you:  How do we reinvent ourselves, semester after semester, to keep our teaching fresh and new?   Thi...
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  • Finding a Voice

    This blog was originally posted on April 21st, 2014.   Voice is that elusive category we talk about with students—“find your voice,” we urge, as if they left it somewhere, in a dresser drawer, p...
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