Writing and Communication Center

Katie Knutson, Peer Consultant

Katie-K.jpgMajor: BA Business

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I didn’t come into college thinking that I was a fabulous writer. I knew that I wasn’t completely terrible, but by no means did I have any self-confidence. I took an interdisciplinary writing class spring quarter of my freshman year and before I left after my final, my professor stopped me to ask if I had thought about applying to The Writing Center. Immediately, doubt rushed through my head: I didn’t think I had the necessary talent. But, after some prodding from family and friends, I decided to apply anyways. Even if it didn’t work out, I would at least get some interview experience under my belt. Lo and behold, here we are.

Before I begin a piece of writing, I like to have an outline. Outlines give me a clear idea of where my paper is going. Writing an essay without first having an outline is like baking without a recipe: I have no idea where to even start. I can’t make grandma’s famous “skyscraper chocolate cake” without her recipe, and I certainly can’t write that 10 page research paper without an outline either. Yes, I may attempt to bake my cake from off the top of my head, but I can guarantee that it won’t turn out as well if I had the recipe. Outlines yield a similar story. There is no clear cut way of doing an outline, just like recipes are written in various forms. Whether your recipe includes roman numerals, or is just a list of your main points, we can collaborate to find what works best for you.

I know what it’s like to struggle with your confidence in terms of writing. Writing is such a big portion of the work at the University; it can definitely be an overwhelming process. But, I am here to support you.. I want to help other students grow as writers, and especially support those who share similar struggles with confidence issues regarding their own writing. Bouncing ideas off of other people and getting feedback helps me feel more confident about my writing. Come in and let me help you concoct your own writing recipe.