The Art of Reading Around

Writing coach Jessica Ballestrazze has made an effort to read before bed instead of watching Netflix. Keeping many options right next to her bed makes her feel a little guilty, but it means there’s always something entertaining right at her fingertips.

5 Tips for Clear, Concise Writing

Sometimes getting your point across quickly is easier said than done. Writing Coach Rachel LaChapelle offers five ways you can enhance the clarity and conciseness of your writing.

Featured Writing Coach: Rachel

Name: Rachel LaChapelle Hometown: Albany, OR Year: Senior Major: Journalism Background: I’ve worked as a feature writer for student publications Flux, Envision, and Ethos, where I’m currently managing editor. What are some of your career or life goals? I want to write the kind of novels and narrative nonfiction that I love to read–the kind…

Featured Writing Coach: Linh

Name: Linh Tran Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam Year: Senior Major: Public Relations Background: Besides working as a writing coach, I also work as a graphic designer at UO Alumni Association. Last winter, I had a chance to spend the term in Vietnam interning at the marketing department of Saint-Gobain, a 350-year-old French corporation. During my junior…

Favorite Online Writing Resources

Here at Writing Central, we know firsthand the value of working with someone in person to improve writing. But in our crazy-busy, digital lives, there’s not always time for that face-to-face interaction. Maybe you simply prefer to learn by searching online and reading for yourself. Either way, the internet is not only home to some great writing,…

What’s in a cookie?

Word on the street is that Writing Central has the best cookies in Allen Hall. (Disregard the fact that nobody else in Allen has cookies. That’s completely irrelevant.) It’s true, though: We take great pride in baking sugary deliciousness every week for the writers who come to see us. Coffee and cookies have become a part…

Featured Writing Coach: Shannon

Name: Shannon Turner Hometown: Lakewood, California Year: Senior Major: Public Relations, with a minor in Public Policy, Planning and Management What are some of your career or life goals? My dream job is to be able to help nonprofits better tell their stories, but my dream career would be anything that gets me excited about…

Meet the Writing Central Team

Who will you work with when you visit Writing Central? Have you ever asked a trusted friend to look over your writing? Someone easy to talk to, who is a strong writer and is willing to discuss your ideas with you? These are the people that make up the 2016 Writing Central staff: seven dedicated…