I'm Not a Writer...I'm Just in Graduate School

A Guide to Writing Critically, Clearly and Coherently

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Author: Vernetta K. Williams

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533392916

Category:

Page: 142

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Too many graduate students struggle unnecessarily with their writing. Yes, writing expectations, demands and requirements of master's and doctoral programs are daunting. At the doctoral level especially, the statistics are alarming yet real: approximately 50% of people who start a Ph.D. program leave without their degree. However, writing is a skill that can and must be mastered. I'm Not a Writer provides practical information, skills and techniques for graduate students to experience anxiety-free writing and develop as scholarly writers.Topics Include* Strategies to organize ideas and research * Writing expectations of faculty* Elements of a well-developed and supported body paragraph* Coherence devices to unify writing* The steps of the writing process* The difference between revising and editing* Ways to develop an authoritative research voice* Techniques to critically read, critically think and critically write* Advice from actual graduate students on research, writing and coursework

How to Write a Lot

A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing

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Author: Paul J. Silvia

Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)

ISBN: 9781433829734

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 110

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"All academics need to write, and many struggle to finish their dissertations, articles, books, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. This revised and updated edition of Paul Silvia's popular guide provides practical, lighthearted advice to help academics overcome common barriers and become productive writers. Silvia's expert tips have been updated to apply to a wide variety of disciplines, and this edition has a new chapter devoted to grant and fellowship writing"--

Writing Your Thesis

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Author: Paul Oliver

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446293068

Category: Reference

Page: 248

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'Written in an authoritative and accessible style, this is a must-read for anyone planning, researching and writing a doctoral thesis or dissertation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my research students.' - Professor Goeffrey Elliott, University of Worcester 'Paul's book was a lifeline during my doctorate: it is now the first book that I recommend for my research students! His book is easily accessible, full of practical advice, and provides useful study strategies to carefully guide you - this third edition is a valuable asset wherever you are on your doctoral journey.' - Dr Scott Buckler, University of Worcester Based on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished Masters or PhD thesis or dissertation. Fully up-to-date with current HEFCE/other EU requirements, the book sets out a template for you to follow, including planning and preparation, theoretical perspectives, publishing preliminary findings, and preparing for the viva. This edition contains: Examples of common mistakes and how you can avoid them Discussions of artefacts such as creative work Research-focused content A section on the relationship with your supervisor Information on online and digital work, so you are up to date with the latest developments in thesis writing. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School

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Author: Adam Ruben

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307589455

Category: Humor

Page: 176

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This is a book for dedicated academics who consider spending years masochistically overworked and underappreciated as a laudable goal. They lead the lives of the impoverished, grade the exams of whiny undergrads, and spend lonely nights in the library or laboratory pursuing a transcendent truth that only six or seven people will ever care about. These suffering, unshaven sad sacks are grad students, and their salvation has arrived in this witty look at the low points of grad school. Inside, you’ll find: • advice on maintaining a veneer of productivity in front of your advisor • tips for sleeping upright during boring seminars • a description of how to find which departmental events have the best unguarded free food • how you can convincingly fudge data and feign progress This hilarious guide to surviving and thriving as the lowliest of life-forms—the grad student—will elaborate on all of these issues and more. www.facebook.com/stupiddecisiontogogradschool From the Trade Paperback edition.

I'm an English Major - Now What?

How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job

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Author: Timothy Lemire

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973623

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Find a Job You Love With Your English Degree What do Steven Spielberg, Alan Alda, Barbara Walters, Clarence Thomas, Diane Sawyer, and Stephen King have in common? That's right–they were English majors who now have successful careers. I'm an English Major - Now What? helps English majors and graduates understand their skills and talents so they can find satisfying jobs across a diversity of fields and dispels common fears and misconceptions that English majors will never make good money. In this book, you'll learn: How an English major background can be very marketable How an English major's skills can be applied to an array of jobs and careers (beyond teaching and writing) How an English major can develop valuable skills and experience through school and extracurricular activities You'll also find answers to common questions such as: Should I go to graduate school? Should I wait? How do I begin a freelancing career? Would I do well in a corporate setting? Authored by a former English major with professional experience across many areas, including corporate communications, journalism, publishing, teaching, and writing, this guide also features more than a dozen interviews with English majors who were able to translate their skills into satisfying careers.

Writing Voyage: A Process Approach to Writing

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Author: Thomas E. Tyner

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111798583

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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WRITING VOYAGE is a comprehensive text containing everything instructors need to help students improve their writing. Thomas Tyner presents a step-by-step writing process, showing students how their writing builds and evolves while teaching essential writing skills that emphasize the audience and the writer's purpose. The text includes interesting excerpts from professional writers to illustrate specific steps in the writing process. The text makes it easy for you to take your students through activities such as peer review, small-group writing discussions, and regular journal writing to reflect on their writing experiences. Many sample student drafts are presented for your students to analyze and then revise. Instructors will find WRITING VOYAGE a comprehensive, process-based approach to teaching all the important aspects of effective writing. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Author: Erika L. Sánchez

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 1524700487

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 352

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When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

I'm Just Happy to Be Here

A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

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Author: Janelle Hanchett

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316549436

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, wickedly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible. At 21, Janelle Hanchett embraced motherhood with the reckless self-confidence of those who have no idea what they're getting into. Having known her child's father for only three months, she found herself rather suddenly getting to know a newborn, husband, and wholly transformed identity. She was in love, but she was bored, directionless, and seeking too much relief in too much wine. Over time, as she searched for home in suburbia and settled life, a precarious drinking habit turned into treacherous dependence, until life became car seats and splitting hangovers, cubicles and multi-day drug binges--and finally, an inconceivable separation from her children. For ten years, Hanchett grappled with the relentless progression of addiction, bouncing from rehabs to therapists to the occasional hippie cleansing ritual on her quest for sobriety, before finding it in a way she never expected. This is a story we rarely hear--of the addict mother not redeemed by her children; who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it; and who, having traveled to the bottom of addiction, all the way to "society's hated mother," makes it back, only to discover she will always remain an outsider. Like her irreverent, hilarious, and unflinchingly honest blog, "Renegade Mothering," Hanchett's memoir speaks with warmth and wit to those who feel like outsiders in parenthood and life--calling out the rhetoric surrounding "the sanctity of motherhood" as tired and empty, boldly recounting instead how one grows to accept an imperfect self within an imperfect life--thinking, with great and final relief, "Well, I'll be damned, I'm just happy to be here."

College Essay Essentials

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

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Author: Ethan Sawyer

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492635138

Category: Study Aids

Page: 256

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Writing an amazing college admission essay is easier than you think! So you're a high school senior given the task of writing a 650-word personal statement for your college application. Do you tell the story of your life, or a story from your life? Do you choose a single moment? If so, which one? The options seem endless. Lucky for you, they're not. College counselor Ethan Sawyer (aka The College Essay Guy) will show you that there are only four (really, four!) types of college admission essays. And all you have to do to figure out which type is best for you is answer two simple questions: 1. Have you experienced significant challenges in your life? 2. Do you know what you want to be or do in the future? With these questions providing the building blocks for your essay, Sawyer guides you through the rest of the process, from choosing a structure to revising your essay, and answers the big questions that have probably been keeping you up at night: How do I brag in a way that doesn't sound like bragging? and How do I make my essay, like, deep? Packed with tips, tricks, exercises, and sample essays from real students who got into their dream schools, College Essay Essentials is the only college essay guide to make this complicated process logical, simple, and (dare we say it?) a little bit fun.

The Borowitz Report

The Big Book of Shockers

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Author: Andy Borowitz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439129495

Category: Humor

Page: 112

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Prepare to be shocked. From the man The Wall Street Journal hailed as a "Swiftean satirist" comes the most shocking book ever written! The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, by award-winning fake journalist Andy Borowitz, contains page after page of "news stories" too hot, too controversial, too -- yes, shocking -- for the mainstream press to handle. Sample the groundbreaking reporting from the news organization whose motto is "Give us thirty minutes -- we'll waste it."

I'm Not Complaining... I'm Just Sayin'

Memoirs of the Good and Bad in the Education System

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Author: Derrick N. Terry

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477254927

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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For years many teachers, students, principals/assistant principals, and parents have complained about various issues in our current secondary education system such as over-crowded classrooms, obvious disparity in school resources, school violence, low graduation rates, and bullying to name a few. Specifically, teachers and principals/assistant principals are reluctant to voice their opinion(s) due to the risk of getting fired or blackballed for exercising their constitutional right. Hence, the main purpose the Memoirs is to create open and real dialogue about the many issues arising in our education system that go unheard. The diverse and passionate collection of memoirs offers a look into the minds of teachers, students, principals/assistant principals, and parents. To some this might be a black-eye on our education system but it is an "eye-opener" to the good and bad associated with it.

The Shadow Scholar

How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat

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Author: Dave Tomar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620400197

Category: Education

Page: 272

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"[A] stunning tale of academic fraud . . . shocking and compelling.Â??-The Washington Post Dave Tomar wrote term papers for a living. Technically, the papers were "study guides,Â?? and the companies he wrote for-there are quite a few-are completely aboveboard and easily found with a quick web search. For as little as ten dollars a page, these paper mills provide a custom essay, written to the specifics of any course assignment. During Tomar's career as an academic surrogate, he wrote made-to-order papers for everything from introductory college courses to Ph.D. dissertations. There was never a shortage of demand for his services. The Shadow Scholar is the story of this dubious but all-too-common career. In turns shocking, absurd, and ultimately sobering, Tomar explores not merely his own misdeeds but the bureaucratic and cash-hungry colleges, lazy students, and even misguided parents who help make it all possible.

On Writing

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 4850

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Inside Graduate Admissions

Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping

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Author: Julie R. Posselt

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674915666

Category: Education

Page: 262

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Advanced degrees are necessary for careers that once required only a college education. Yet little has been written about who gets into grad school and why. Julie Posselt pulls back the curtain on this secret process, revealing how faculty evaluate applicants in top-ranked doctoral programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

HBR Guide to Better Business Writing (HBR Guide Series)

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Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1422184048

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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DON'T LET YOUR WRITING HOLD YOU BACK. When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a luxury. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over. The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you: • Push past writer’s block • Grab—and keep—readers’ attention • Earn credibility with tough audiences • Trim the fat from your writing • Strike the right tone • Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage

Why I Write

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Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141980605

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are. Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.

Choose Yourself!

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Author: James Altucher

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781490313375

Category: Self-Help

Page: 259

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The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It's all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It's on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself. New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth). This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher's own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

I Am Not a Tractor!

How Florida Farmworkers Took On the Fast Food Giants and Won

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Author: Susan L. Marquis

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501714309

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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I Am Not a Tractor! celebrates the courage, vision, and creativity of the farmworkers and community leaders who have transformed one of the worst agricultural situations in the United States into one of the best. Susan L. Marquis highlights past abuses workers suffered in Florida’s tomato fields: toxic pesticide exposure, beatings, sexual assault, rampant wage theft, and even, astonishingly, modern-day slavery. Marquis unveils how, even without new legislation, regulation, or government participation, these farmworkers have dramatically improved their work conditions. Marquis credits this success to the immigrants from Mexico, Haiti, and Guatemala who formed the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a neuroscience major who takes great pride in the watermelon crew he runs, a leading farmer/grower who was once homeless, and a retired New York State judge who volunteered to stuff envelopes and ended up building a groundbreaking institution. Through the Fair Food Program that they have developed, fought for, and implemented, these people have changed the lives of more than thirty thousand field workers. I Am Not a Tractor! offers a range of solutions to a problem that is rooted in our nation’s slave history and that is worsened by ongoing conflict over immigration.

The American Directory of Writer's Guidelines

More Than 1,600 Magazine Editors and Book Publishers Explain What They Are Looking for from Freelancers

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Author: Stephen Blake Mettee,Michelle Doland,Doris Hall

Publisher: Quill Driver Books

ISBN: 9781884956515

Category: Reference

Page: 834

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Perhaps the best-kept secret in the publishing industry is that many publishers--both periodical publishers and book publishers--make available writer's guidelines to assist would-be contributions. Written by the staff at each publishing house, these guidelines help writers target their submissions to the exact needs of the individual publisher. The American Directory of Writer's Guidelines is a compilation of the actual writer's guidelines for more than 1,600 publishers. A one-of-a-kind source to browse for article, short story, poetry and book ideas.