Welcome to The Draft!

The official blog of the

Our goal at both The Draft and the Writing Center is to make you a better, more effective writer and presenter. We are not an editing service- that is to say that we aren’t going to take your paper and mark it up with a red pen. In fact, there are no red pens here– just fellow students and faculty who want to share their skills and passion for writing and presentations with you! Here at The Draft, you will find posts written by students and faculty alike highlighting our shared passion for the writing and speech processes.

Want to improve your writing?

The Writing Tips and Tricks tab is where we share all our secrets to help you become a better writer. You’ll find tips to help you understand different types of papers; tricks to help you choose a terrific topic and craft a great thesis statement; helpful hints for finding great sources, formatting your papers, and recording proper citations; and great pointers to help you throughout the writing process: from prewriting and planning all the way through the final revisions.

Want to improve your presentations?

The Speeches and Presentations tab is where we share all our tips to help you improve your speeches and presentations. You’ll find explanations of different types of presentations; tips to help you design the most effective presentation aids that can benefit both you and your audience alike; tricks for overcoming anxieties related to public speaking; helpful hints to help you best prepare for your speech, maintain your composure throughout the presentation, and keep you on track as you present; and great pointers to help you prepare for those on-the-spot moments that can arise from audience questions and involvement.

Want to know more about the Writing Center?

Look under the About Us tab to learn about the Writing Center and the people who work here! For even more information about the Writing Center, visit our website!

Check out our latest posts!

Brainstorming for a Paper: Processing a Topic without a Tempest

Although the term brainstorming may conjure an image of thunder, lightning, and flash flooding in your mind, taking a more peaceful, self-reflective approach will be easier, less stressful, and more productive. The idea of quickly jotting down fleeting ideas as they drop from the sky is not necessarily the direction that will lead you to…

Different Types of Citations: Quotes, Paraphrase, and Summary

Citations are an essential aspect of academic writing, as they give credit to the original authors and sources of information used in research. They help maintain the integrity of the work by avoiding plagiarism, demonstrating the depth of research, and allowing readers to locate the original sources. In this blog post, we will discuss the…

Avoiding Five-Paragraph Essays

What’s wrong with five paragraphs essays? – you might be asking yourself. Aren’t they a “sweet spot” for writing? An introduction, a body (with three main points), and a conclusion? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Well, sort of. The general answer to the question would be a “yes” if there wasn’t so much…


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