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May 1, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

The Literature Review Matrix: What It Is, How to Use It, and How to Make it Work For You (Episode 38)

Have you heard of the literature review matrix? It's a tool you'll want to know about if you're working on, or going to be working on, any major research and writing project. If you are familiar with the matrix but aren't yet sure how to use it or haven't found it helpful, then this episode is for you, too. Brittany shares why she loves the matrix as a researching, writing, and teaching tool, and Beth explains why she was hesitant about the matrix at first but how students can tailor it to meet their own research needs. 

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April 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Transitioning to Master’s-Level Writing (Episode 37)

If you're starting or in the early stages of a master's degree program, then this is the episode for you! Beth and Brittany break down differences between undergraduate-level and master's-level writing and share tips on how to transition between them. 

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March 1, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Social Change and Difficult Conversations (Episode 36)

When working for positive social change, what can we do when others disagree on what change is needed or how to enact change? How do we find common ground and keep discussions productive? Can academic writing teach us anything about how to approach and navigate difficult conversations?

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February 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am

A Brief Daily Session Walk-Through—Mindful Writing, Part 2 (Episode 35)

In our follow-up to last month's episode on mindful writing, Jes and Max are back to lead a brief daily session. Find a writing project and a timer, and follow along through the four steps: prepare, write, pause, reflect. To get the most out of this brief daily session, we suggest first listening to WriteCast episode 34, "Taking Care of Yourself With Mindful Writing."

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January 12, 2017 @ 10:26 am

Taking Care of Yourself With Mindful Writing (Episode 34)

How can we apply qualities of mindfulness—such as acceptance, compassion, body awareness, and being present in the moment—to our academic writing? To kick off the new year, Brittany and Beth talk with writing instructors Max and Jes Philbrook about how using mindful writing improved their dissertation experience and how students can get started creating a sustainable, mindful writing practice.

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December 19, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

Tackling Transitions (Episode 33)

Want to make your academic writing flow smoothly and logically? Learn how with Beth and Brittany as they discuss using transitions within and between paragraphs.

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November 29, 2016 @ 8:37 am

The Great Debate: Continuity or Variety in Writing Feedback? (Episode 32)

Is it better to work with the same writing instructor or tutor over time, or to mix it up? In this friendly debate, Beth and Brittany discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each approach.

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October 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Taking Your Academic Writing Outside of the Classroom (Episode 31)

Writing Center writing instructor Claire joins Beth and Brittany to chat about why and how students might use a course paper or assignment for a lager audience and purpose beyond the classroom. 
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September 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am

A Philosophical (and Practical) Look at Self-Plagiarism (Episode 30)

Did you know it's possible to plagiarize yourself? Brittany and Beth examine what self-plagiarism means, why it's an issue, and how to prevent it in your academic writing. 
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August 24, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

The Partnership Between Citations and References (Episode 29)

Beth and Brittany explore the partnership between in-text citations and entries in the reference list in academic writing. Tune in to better understand these components of APA style and for tips on making them work together in your papers. 
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June 3, 2016 @ 7:09 am

5 Things to Avoid When Writing an Introduction (Episode 28)

Many writers struggle with how to write an introduction to an academic paper. To help, Brittany and Beth share five things to avoid when writing scholarly introductions. 

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April 29, 2016 @ 8:19 am

5 Tips for Using Writing Feedback (Episode 27)

A tutor, professor, or peer has given you feedback on your writing--now, what? In this episode, Beth and Brittany share five tips for what do to with feedback you get on your papers or other academic writing.

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March 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Wrestling With Writer’s Block (Episode 26)

What is writer's block, and how can we get beyond it? Beth and Brittany discuss causes and strategies.

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February 25, 2016 @ 9:37 am

A Discussion About Discussion Posts (Episode 25)

Discussion posts are a common assignment at Walden and many other universities. This month, Beth and Brittany chat with writing instructor and contributing faculty member Hillary about the purpose of the discussion board and how to be an effective participant.
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January 27, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

Brief Announcement: We’re Back!

The podcast is back! WriteCast will return to its regular monthly schedule next month. Beth explains what we've been up to and how to share your ideas for 2016 episode topics. 
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August 4, 2015 @ 9:21 am

Why Word Choice Matters (Episode 24)

We've been talking about some big-picture writing ideas on the podcast lately--how academic writing helps you outside of academiagray areas in APA stylewriting expectations at U.S. colleges and universities--so this month, we're getting specific. In our latest episode, Beth and Brittany share several examples of words and phrases to avoid in your academic writing and explain how word choice impacts your precision and clarity.

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July 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

How Academic Writing Helps You Beyond Academia (Episode 23)

"Why do I have to write this? Why do I have to do so much writing? Why is this going to matter after I graduate?" Admit it--you've probably asked questions like these at some point in your academic career. This month, Beth and Brittany encourage you to rethink your academic writing as building skills that will benefit you beyond the university.

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June 1, 2015 @ 8:25 am

Make APA Style Work for You: How to Navigate Gray Areas (Episode 22)

APA style rules aren't always black and white, or even in the manual. In this episode, Brittany and Beth discuss some "gray areas" of APA style and how students can approach them in their writing.

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May 4, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

Writing Expectations at U.S. Colleges and Universities (Episode 21)

Are you an international student at a U.S. university? Or perhaps you've just been out of school for a while? Listen to learn about the different styles and expectations within and outside of the U.S. rhetorical tradition.

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April 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Favorite Apps to Save You Time When You Write (Episode 20)

Who couldn't use an extra hour (or two, or three...) in the day? Writing Instructor Beth talks with Writing Center Director Brian about some of his favorite apps to help you make your writing time more productive.

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March 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

The Literature Review: Tackling the Hard Questions (Episode 19)

Writing a literature review? Beth and Amy discuss some challenging questions about writing a lit review, such as 
  • When can you stop researching and start writing?
  • When do you know you're finished?
  • How long should the literature review be? 
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February 1, 2015 @ 8:30 am

Student Q&A on Flow, Sentence Length, and Using “I” in Academic Writing (Episode 18)

What are some tips for making your writing flow? How long should a sentence be? Can you (or should you) use the first-person "I" in writing for school? In this episode, writing instructor Beth answers student questions about academic writing.
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January 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

5 Tips for Establishing a Writing Practice (Episode 17)

Want to strengthen your writing this year? Writing instructors Nik and Brittany have five tips for getting into a regular, productive writing practice.

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December 17, 2014 @ 8:00 am

Why You Need to Join a Writing Community (Episode 16)

Being a part of a writing community is a great way for student writers to connect with each other, stay motivated, keep each other accountable to writing goals, share challenges, and celebrate successes. Writing instructors Nik and Brittany chat with Dissertation Editor Lydia about the importance of having a writing community, the communities that the Walden University Writing Center offers, and new resources for doctoral students.

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November 18, 2014 @ 8:00 am

What To Do With Negative Feedback on Your Writing (Episode 15)

Feeling frustrated, discouraged, or confused about feedback on your writing? Want to know how to handle these feelings in the future? Don't miss our discussion with Dr. Melanie Brown, associate director and manager of writing initiatives at the Walden University Writing Center. Dr. Brown also teaches Walden student support courses, and she has a lot of helpful advice for students on what to do with negative faculty feedback. 

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October 16, 2014 @ 8:00 am

The 5 Rs of Revision (Episode 14)

If you groan or get confused when you hear the words revision or revise, you won't want to miss our latest WriteCast episode. This month, Nik and Brittany explain the 5 Rs of Revision: how revision is re-seeing, reflective, relative, recurring, and rewarding.

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September 17, 2014 @ 8:00 am

60 Minutes or 60 Seconds: Maximizing Your Time With Writing Center Resources (Episode 13)

What can you possibly accomplish in 5 minutes to help strengthen your writing? More than you might think! What if you had 15, or 30, or 60 minutes? In this month's WriteCast episode, Nik and Brittany suggest different Writing Center resources you can use if you have 60, 30, 15, or only 5 minutes to spare. 

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August 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am

7 Common Writing Center Myths Debunked (Episode 12)

What is a writing center? What can a writing center help you with? What doesn't a writing center do? Nik and Brittany explore some common writing center myths we hear from students. Listen to learn who should use a writing center, how to use the writing center, and what to expect from your writing center experience.


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July 16, 2014 @ 8:48 am

‘Doesn’t Meet Requirements’—Strategies for Following Your Assignment Instructions (Episode 11)

Have you ever gotten "doesn't meet requirements" feedback on a paper or been told that you didn't follow the instructions? Check out our strategies on understanding and following your assignment prompt. 

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June 17, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

Faculty Writing Advice: Residency Interview With Dr. JaMuir Robinson (Episode 10)

This month, Brittany explains her role as the coordinator of Writing Center residency instruction and design, and Nik interviews Dr. JaMuir Robinson from Walden's School of Health Sciences.

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May 21, 2014 @ 8:22 am

The Residency Experience: Reflections From Current Walden Students (Episode 9)

Writing Instructor Nik interviews Walden doctoral students at the Atlanta residency about their residency experiences, writing journeys, and writing advice for fellow students.  

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April 16, 2014 @ 9:15 am

Top 10 Tips for Group Writing and Collaborative Papers (Episode 8)

Many people will have to work collaboratively at some point in their education or careers, and writing a group paper or working on a group assignment can be challenging. In this episode, Nik and Brittany share their top 10 tips for successfully writing a group paper.

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March 13, 2014 @ 8:31 am

Balancing School, Work, and Family: An Interview With Writing Center Manager Amy Kubista (Episode 7)

Struggling to find a balance between school, career, and family life? Amy Kubista, Walden EdD student and Manger of Writing Instructional Services at the Walden University Writing Center, can relate. Co-host Nik talks with Amy about how she strives for that balance, her motivation for pursuing her degree, and writing advice.

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February 12, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

All About Audience (Episode 6)

What is audience, and why should we care about it when writing a paper? With a focus on course papers, Brittany and Nik talk about how and why to consider your readers.  

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January 15, 2014 @ 7:54 am

Five Strategies for Critical Reading (Episode 5)

Want to be a better writer? Start by becoming a better reader! Writing instructors Nik and Brittany explain five strategies for critical reading, an aspect of writing that often gets overlooked.

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July 19, 2013 @ 11:10 am

Social Change and Scholarly Writing(Episode 4)

How can you maintain objectivity and academic professionalism in your writing without sacrificing your passion for your paper or study topic? 

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July 3, 2013 @ 11:38 am

Creating Successful Paragraphs (Episode 3)

What do derailed trains, chain link fences, and fruit salads have in common? Nik and Brittany identify six types of paragraphs to avoid in your writing and summarize four essential components of an effective and cohesive paragraph.

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June 20, 2013 @ 10:07 am

Thesis Statements (Episode 2)

Why is a thesis statement so important in writing a paper? Where does it go? How is it different than a purpose statement? How can you make yours stronger? These are some of the questions Nik and Brittany tackle in episode 2. 

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June 4, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

The Writing Process (Episode 1)

Writing a strong paper often involves more than just sitting down at the computer and typing a few pages. Learn to write better by following five important steps in the writing process.
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