The Best Punctuation Marks

It may seem frivolous, I suppose, but thinking about punctuation is one of those things that writers and teachers love to do. I spent a half hour in an upper-level college writing class recently explaining what difference it makes to a reader whether you use a comma, a colon, a semicolon, a dash, or some [Read More...]

Improve Your Writing, Now

I teach writing and edit for a living, so I talk to a lot of people who say that they wish they knew a few tricks to help their writing improve. It’s unfortunate but true: once you’re a grownup, on the hamster wheel of daily work, it’s hard to re-learn grammar rules and re-build your [Read More...]

Repeating Yourself

There was a great little piece on the NY Times Opinionator blog about “the art of repetition,” and about how someone becomes a better writer – by learning to write thank-you notes: Having opened my share of thank-you notes over the years and having watched my kids write their own, I knew that nonwriters treat [Read More...]

Google’s Secret: Search Inside Yourself

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According the New York Times, Google has a new secret that’s transforming their corporate life. In “O.K., Google, Take a Deep Breath,” Caitlin Kelly investigates this secret, a class called “Search Inside Yourself.” She sets up the need for this class by pointing out the extraordinary demands and stresses for those who work at Google’s [Read More...]


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