Cover Letters

Cover Letters Sometimes I will require you to add a cover letter to your writing, but I’ve found that it’s always a good idea to do so. It reflects well on you as a student and thinker, someone concerned about success in a thoughtful way instead of just for “points.”...

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  Michel de Montaigne has been called the inventor of the essay.  But what American students call an essay (noun) is originally a French verb, essai.  To essai is "to explore," in particular the workings of the writer's own thinking. In this sense the best writers see...

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Imagine the care required in a lifetime of work discovering the beauty in a miniature tree.  The bonsai artist visualizes and contemplates, crafts and prunes . . . all the time removing everything which isn't beautiful.  The tree--our writing, our idea--contains...

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