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SNL Writing Guide

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How to Write a Paper

My teacher just assigned a paper, what should I do?
Most writers cycle through the stages of inventing, organizing, drafting, revising and editing as they write. Writers should understand the value of these stages, how and when to move between them, and what tools to use when stuck at any stage.

Writing Help

Get help through tutoring, in grammar, ESL issues, paper writing, with using sources and avoiding plagiarism and online dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks.

Writing Assignment Examples

See samples and examples of Advanced Elective papers, Advanced Projects, Externship Journals, Independent Learning Pursuits, Research Seminar Proposals and Writing Showcase winners. See also Graduate Program examples.

Writing Events

The SNL Writing Program sponsors annual events for  writers to engage in and showcase their work, including the Craft of Composing Panel, Mon​th of Writing, and Writing Showcase.

October begins the 5th Annual SNL Month of Writing. See more details at our Digitation page and sign up before October 1.  Current SNL students are eligible to win a two credit scholarship for Winter Quarter 2017! Contact​ for more information

The Writing Showcase celebrates outstanding student writing. If you received an A on a paper or glowing feedback on an ILP, fill out an application and submit your work (Deadline: April 1). You may submit up to three poems, stories, essays, reports, ILPs, Advanced Project or e-Portfolio. Share your accomplishment and inspire others.  Excellent submissions are recognized at the annual SNL Spring Awards Luncheon.

SNL Writing Values and Goals

The SNL Writing Program embraces the values of life-long, reflective, student-centered, integrated and experience-based learning. The goals of the Writing Program follow from these values.

Life-Long and Reflective:
  • To provide just-in-time support to students and faculty for continuous improvement of writing at SNL.
  • To teach students to be self-reflective writers who will continue to improve as writers beyond SNL.
  • To continuously renew our pedagogy by learning from others and reflecting upon our own practice.
Student Centered:
  • To meet students where they are and help them attain the goals they have set for themselves.
  • To assign writing projects that arise from and are shaped by students’ interests.
  • To teach students to assess and address their own writing needs.
  • To privilege writing instruction that is learner-centric.
Integrated into the SNL Curriculum:
  • To deliver writing instruction that helps students succeed in the unique context of SNL while also building their skills for success in their writing efforts outside of and after SNL.
  • To integrate writing into the teaching of all competences in ways that enhance learning.
Experience Based:
  • To promote writing as a means of reflecting upon, making meaning of, and communicating experience.
  • To value students’ various literacies, while helping students know how and when to move between these literacies.
  • To value experience-based writing, while teaching students how to use writing to describe, reflect upon, analyze, and situate their experience in academic discourse when necessary.

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