Melissa Martinez

April 22, 2016

Tutor Corner -Steve Rusky

“In poetry you get a lot of random aesthetically beautiful lines –not all of them are going to work, but some of them could be enough for an idea that sparks an entire poem.” *** Steve Rusky, junior in English, started taking courses in creative writing at a community college his freshmen year and realized he wanted to major in […]
April 13, 2016

Writing and Editing Careers

On February 23rd and 24th, Cheryl Reed, visiting lecturer in English at UIC, hosted a workshop about how to find work in writing and editing careers. The event took place in the Writing Center conference room. Professor Reed has so much experience in the fields of writing and editing, as she is a published author and editor, among other things. […]
March 11, 2016

El que come y canta

“While the world feels big and scary when you’re small, when you grow up, the world feels so much bigger, and you realize just how small you are –but it’s not so scary anymore.” *** Ten years ago the shattered fragments of this decade-old handheld mirror would have represented seven years of bad luck –each shard of glass its own […]
February 22, 2016

Why you should write, even if you (think you) hate it

1. Writing is hard, but it gets easier the more you do it. Maybe it’s because you learn to deal with the challenges of the writing process, and you find the methods that work best for you. 2. Whether you notice it or not, your writing is always improving. The more you write, the more you can see your progress […]
February 10, 2016

English vs. Bio

Oana Manta, senior in English, enjoys binge watching good shows, ice skating, and supporting the Blackhawks. Oana studied biological sciences before switching over to English. She shares the differences between writing for these two disciplines and explains that these different writing styles may not necessarily be polar opposites. During my first three years at UIC, I was a biological sciences […]
December 5, 2015

The Girl Who Says No

Danya Ata, senior in teaching of English, enjoys reading and watching Netflix when she’s not tutoring at the Writing Center or working the front desk. This semester has been busy at the WC, and Danya shares her experiences with telling writers that there are no tutors available. Although our sessions get booked two weeks in advance, we encourage you drop […]