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  • Your Career

    How Strong Lectures Can Spawn Strong Writing

    Many of the moves that the best teachers make on the stage can translate to the page.
  • Your Career

    Is Your Public Writing Ready for Prime Time?

    Beyond eliminating jargon, here’s what you need to know about writing for mainstream publications.
  • Your Career

    How to Be More Inclusive on a Search Committee

    How do you make sure you’re saying everything you need to get across and not taking up too much time or space?
  • Advice

    Ungrading Light: 4 Simple Ways to Ease the Spotlight Off Points

    Plenty of academics are on board — at least in part — with the “why” of ungrading, but lots of questions remain about the “how.”
  • Rachel Toor

    Rachel Toor is a professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University’s writing program, in Spokane, and a former acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press and Duke University Press. Her most recent book is Write Your Way: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay, published by the University of Chicago Press. Her website is
  • Your Career

    Your Career: Jump-Start Your Post-Pandemic Writing

    If you didn’t get much written in a year full of distractions, you’re not alone.
  • Teaching

    Teaching: Giving Students ‘Time and Space’ to Process

    A pilot course on “pivotal moments” is meant to help students sum up their college experience and take stock of the times they’re living through.
  • Quick Tip

    The Quick Tip: Hit a Road Block in Your Writing? Make a List

    Listicles and their quick-fix promises are internet brain candy, but they actually can be a useful writing tool for academics.
  • Quick Tip

    Should You Keep Working on that Book Manuscript?

    Editors and leaders of scholarly presses talk about the impact of Covid-19 on publishing in the months ahead.
  • Two-Minute Tips

    How to Become a Highly Productive Writer

    Finding it hard to concentrate on your writing? You’re not alone. Lots of people come up with all kinds of excuses to avoid sitting down and knocking out a few pages. In this video, Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz offers six tips that will get you off and running based on Rachel Toor’s article “The Habits of Highly Productive Writers.”
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