Below you will find a series of instructional videos aimed at offering clear explanation of some key writing concepts and practical strategies for putting that advice to work.
Style Points | Watch
When writing, it is important to pay attention not only to what you are saying, but how you are saying it. This video offers a few important style tips to make your writing more graceful, clear, and powerful.
Sentence Variety, Chapter 1 | Watch
Does your writing "sound" mechanical or uninteresting? Good writers draw upon a variety of sentence lengths and structures. This tutorial introduces the student writer to different grammatical tools for varying sentence structures.
Sentence Variety, Chapter 2 | Watch
This chapter offers more examples of varied sentence structures. It features subordination, coordination, and transition phrases - important tools for not only creating variety, but also clarifying relationships between ideas.
Emailing Your Instructor | Watch
Emailing and instructor can be a tricky business. We write emails all the time, but often to friends and family - not our instructors. Like any piece of writing, an email needs to consider its audience. In this video we offer practical strategies for effective emails.
Sample Email | Watch
A supplement to "Emailing Your Instructor," this video walks through the process of writing an email and points to the potential pitfalls.
What is Insight? | Watch
Have you ever been asked to include more of your own insight in a paper? Or, more of your perspective? Your personal analysis? I this video we ask instructors what they mean when they ask for these things.
Analysis: Acknowledging Bad Habits | Watch
Does your analysis ever seem to come to a full stop before you've even started? Perhaps you've fallen into some bad habits of mind! This video discusses the various ways we tend to shut down our analytical thought before we even begin our analysis.
Analysis Move #2: Form and Purpose | Watch
Did you know that being able to articulate what you're analyzing and why it was made in the first place is one of the keys to successful analysis? In this video we will show you how to apply a journalistic eye to your subject.
Analysis Move #3: Notice and Rank | Watch
Are you often overwhelmed by all the details of the subject you are analyzing? In this video we will look at a strategy for noticing details and ranking their importance.
Analysis Move #3: The Method | Watch
Do you ever feel as though there is no inherent pattern to the details of your subject? Whether you are analyzing a newspaper article or an experimental film, it is rarely true that no pattern at all exists. Here, we will discuss how you can look for patterns of repetition, contrast, and anomaly to gain deeper insight into your subject.
Analysis Move #4: Ten on One | Watch
So, you've made some good observations about your subject by using Notice and Rank and The Method. But how will you make sure that you don't simply repeat the same conclusion or idea for each of these observations? This video offers an ingenious strategy for generating multiple ideas from just one observation.
Analysis Move #4: Seems X, Really Y | Watch
Are you getting closer to a thesis about your subject but feel like you need to push your conclusions a little deeper? Use the template "seems to be about x, really about y" demonstrated in this video to take your conclusions beyond where you thought they could go.
Analysis Move #4: So What? | Watch
Do you have trouble making the leap from observation to idea? Try the strategy "so what?" demonstrated in the following video to push your observations toward ideas.