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While attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I
earned my Bachelor's, Master's, and (finally) a Ph.D in
English. So yes, I am an enthusiastic Razorback! For the
past fourteen years, I have taught at NWACC full time.
Whether it's American Literature or English Composition, I
thoroughly enjoy encouraging students to become effective
writers and avid readers.
Though I have never scaled a cliff or
gone diving for buried treasure, I do
enjoy swimming, hiking, and
singing. I live in Northwest Arkansas
with my husband Dean and our
20-pound cat Fuzzy. Our two sons
and daughter-in-law reside in the area
Whether you are writing a paper or a letter of application, the smallest errors can be the most glaring and distracting to the reader. To spot and correct omitted words, extra words, overly used words, and just plain wrong words, you should read your draft out loud, slowly, one sentence at a time. Mark your corrections on the draft (or screen). Not only will you catch the errors that spell check did not; you can also continue to make effective revisions when you just slow down.
Jeff Jackson I'm from Carbondale, IL, but have lived in Fayetteville for the past twenty years. My undergraduate degree in English and Rhetoric is from University of Illinois, and My master's is from the University of Arkansas.
My writing tip is "Show, don't tell." Rather than making a flat, declarative statement, paint a picture with concrete details and information that appeals to the five senses.
I have climbed a 14,000 foot mountain at the age of 11; I have swum above a sunken ship off the coast of Bermuda at the age of 17; I was born in Denver and grew up in Houston, and I have lived in Northwest Arkansas 10 years. I received an A.A. from Kirkwood Community College, a B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and an M.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Writer's block can happen at any time. One of my favorite techniques for getting over writer's block is freewriting: the writer writes down anything and everything that comes to mind based off of the topic or idea. Freewriting can have a time limit; but in most cases this technique is not timed. Once a writer has exhausted all knowledge and ideas on paper, either hard copy or electronic, then he or she can pull out words or even sentences that can be used to start composing again for primary composition.
I grew up in New Jersey, the daughter of a singer and a pianist. I moved to Arkansas 21 years ago and in 1996 earned my M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, focusing on poetry and translation. Currently, I serve as NWACC’s International Languages Coordinator and teach mostly French and humanities.
I firmly believe in the power of sensory detail to draw a reader into a story, an argument, or an explanation. Granted, writers need to be judicious and deliberate in their choice. Sometimes a dog is just a dog, rather than a half-starved mutt limping through the IGA parking lot. But if you find your composition lacking voice, color, and specificity, a few particular examples that appeal to the senses may be a good place to start.
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I was born and reared in the tiny northeast Texas town of Mt. Vernon, home of Dallas Cowboys' quarterback "Dandy" Don Meredith. I twice graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, once with a B.S. in Political Science and once with an M.A. in English.
I'm an avid golfer, and when I go to the driving range before a round of golf, I always hit a few pitching wedges first. What, you may ask, does this have to do with writing? Confidence and comfort are keys to writing well. Often when we sit down to write, we know something about our subject but might not have a very clear idea about how to start our paper. This tension about those first few sentences can cause us to become frustrated or make us agonize over the first sentence for an hour. Golf, like writing or any other skill based endeavor, is also largely a matter of self-assurance. I hit that pitching wedge first because it's the easiest club in the bag to hit; it's the one club I can usually make solid contact with. By beginning with what I know well (or at least better) and then building upon that confidence, my knees will shake less later when I pick up that troublesome four iron.
You can employ the same strategy in writing: skip the introduction and write a body paragraph about whatever you know best about your subject. Once you get into the flow of writing, it will be easier for you to address those opening lines.
I was born in Virginia, raised in Texas, and have lived in
5 different counties in Arkansas over the past 30 years: Washington, Madison, Johnson, Carroll, and Benton County.
I have worked as a sandwich maker, bartender, typesetter, soap distributor, softball umpire (10 years), a radio news reporter, papergirl, piano duster, secretary, social worker, counselor, and carnival barker. I received my B.A. from the University of Houston and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Arkansas.
Many writers prefer to write an early draft in longhand. I believe we all have an emotional connection to our own handwriting and that in order to judge our writing objectively, we need to break that connection. Shifting to typing the next drafts as soon as possible can help us to become more objective and to see our writing as our readers will see it.
We can then do a better job of revising and improving our work. The typed version of our work can help us to view the writing with a clearer critical vision. Once we have done that and worked to a final version, we can return to our emotional selves and love our writing!
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