You’re Not Here to Prove Yourself: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

Dress up your writing, I still remember my seventh grade writing teacher telling us. That afternoon, I sat in Panera with my mom as she helped me write my next three paragraph essay, filling the page with “interesting” word choices and “vivid” descriptions. You may know those literary and academic buzzwords, the ones designed to … Continue reading You’re Not Here to Prove Yourself: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

Writing Finals During Quarantine

As the semester rockets towards finals month, we find ourselves in strange times: remote classes, changes to living situations, uncertainty about the semester to come, uncertainty about much more immediate things.  With everything in transition, it can feel overwhelming to think about writing a paper or finishing a project––each time I’ve sat down to write … Continue reading Writing Finals During Quarantine

Breaking the Bad Habit of “Good Writing”

Blank pages. Every writer's biggest fear. Sometimes being in academia feels like you have to learn another language. My first semester of my doc program involved a lot of nodding and pretending to follow conversations, googling terms and phrases I hadn’t heard before, and feeling like I just didn’t belong. I had never heard the … Continue reading Breaking the Bad Habit of “Good Writing”

Against Harsh Writing Advice and Wellness Routines

If you’re a student, especially a graduate or professional student, you’ll probably get the advice sometime in your first semester to start marketing yourself online. Not just a LinkedIn, but a CV site, even dedicated academic social media profiles. Before COVID-19, I expected to use my academic Twitter account to live-tweet conferences and connect with … Continue reading Against Harsh Writing Advice and Wellness Routines

Meet the Spring 2021 Blog Writers!

Every semester, members of the VCU Writing Center staff meet to create individualized, personal posts designed to help with all aspects of the writing process –– from brainstorming, to finding ways to feel original, to breaking writer's block, to dealing with writing in quarantine. We've also got lots of sample creative essays for writers approaching … Continue reading Meet the Spring 2021 Blog Writers!

Grammar B: Change in Pride. Pride in Change

Part I: Change  Change. A whirlwind. A sudden shift. Change. Gradual. Evolving with time. Change. To make or become different. Change. The act of becoming different. How have I changed? Have I changed? Will this change how people see me? Now there’s fear. I can’t keep it inside forever. Do I hit send? I’m tired … Continue reading Grammar B: Change in Pride. Pride in Change

Grammar B: A Letter to Myself About Change

Dear Self(present), I found another stretch mark today. The most obvious sign of change on my body. It’s the consequence of weight gain from birth control, quarantine, depression, whatever. I am more than I want to be (in size) and still not enough (in everything else). I’m in this apartment that I’m calling my home, … Continue reading Grammar B: A Letter to Myself About Change

Our Blog In History: Archived Posts and Former Writers

Archived Posts Welcome to the new VCU Writing Center blog! If you're new here and looking for posts written before 2018, they are archived here. Former Blog Writers The VCU Writing Center blog is grateful for the creativity and hard work of all current and former blog writers. Find them, and their six-word biographies, listed … Continue reading Our Blog In History: Archived Posts and Former Writers