EVENTS

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, occurs every November and is the perfect time to get over your writing anxiety and just write an entire novel in a month. Aspiring novelists can often feel overwhelmed by the “bigness” of beginning a novel.  “What do I write about?” they ask. NaNoWriMo attempts to alleviate that...
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EVENTS

Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

September 25th – October 1st, the National Library Association celebrates the freedom to read with Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom that we enjoy in this country to be able to read books regardless of other’s personal beliefs.  The American Library Association states that by celebrating banned books,  “draw...
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CADETS

Personal Narratives – Explode the Moment

I’ve been reading some personal narratives recently, and I’ve noticed one thing in particular: there is no better way to capture my attention than to explode the moment you’re trying to describe. Cadets often come to the writing center with the bare bones of their personal narrative written – the...
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EVENTS

National Punctuation Day

Every year on September 24th, English teachers around the globe rejoice.  It’s NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY! Why should we celebrate the overused comma or the misunderstood semicolon? Because punctuation can save lives.  If you’ve visited the VMI Writing Center recently, you’ll have noticed the sign on the wall that says:   Not...
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