Welcome to the Writing Process!

“A blank piece of paper.”   —Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway when asked about the scariest thing he’d ever encountered



That from a man who ran with the bulls, drove an ambulance in World War II, and did other "manly" things. And yet, he wrote. You can, too. You'll never be free from anxiety as you write--nor should you be, or else it probably means that you don't care about your product--but it's possible to make the process less fraught, more manageable, and maybe even ... (wait for it) ... fun!

This website was originally designed to accompany 21G.222, "Expository Writing for Bilingual Students," in the English Language Studies group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, the information here should be of use to all instructors and students of expository writing for non-native writers and, well, yes, everyone. (Your topics and the genre of your texts may differ, and you should thus tailor the process to your needs.)

Students: Understanding and using the information on this site should make writing not only less anxiety-provoking and more efficient and effective for you, but ultimately it should also help you feel more creative and more satisfied with the products of your writing efforts and learn more in your classes as well.

Happy reading and writing!



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