OWL at Purdue Logo

This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom.

News from the Purdue Writing Lab

The Purdue OWL News is an online newsletter addressing readers' writing-related questions and covering events in the Purdue University Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Purdue OWL).

The Grammar Gang offers grammar information and answers your grammar questions on their blog, a cross-cultural writing resource endeavor brought to you by the Purdue OWL and the UniSA/Adeliade University Possums.

New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Email Elements Workshop


April 16, 2015 1:43 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, the Email Elements Workshop. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for crafting professional and appropriate emails. It can be accessed by clicking here

This workshop was originally held as part of the Purdue Writing Lab's contribution to Purdue's PLaCE initiatives. 

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL PLaCE Developers Negan Nagarajan and Kaitlyn Neis for their work on this resource. 


New Purdue OWL Content Coordinator Announced


April 9, 2015 1:00 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The winds of change are blowing at Purdue and the Purdue OWL is utilizing these winds to soar to new heights. Starting this summer, a whole new leadership team will be coming on-line at the Purdue OWL, as both our technical and content coordinators depart Purdue for new locales and new challenges. Below, our incumbent content coordinator, Joshua M. Paiz offers his parting thoughts and introduces our new content cordinator, Daniel Kenzie, who will be formally joining Purdue OWL leadership in Summer 2015. 

From Joshua M. Paiz

When I was first selected to take the helm at the Purdue OWL three years ago, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. During my time at the OWL, I have grown to love what I do; I have found a voice in my discipline; and, I have met and worked with some truely brilliant developers. 

When I first came online at the Purdue OWL, I had two goals: (1) to grow our ESL/L2 Writing resources, and (2) to continue to professionalize our behind the scenes work. I feel that I have been successful on both fronts. We have not only revised and expanded our ESL writing resources, but we have also engaged in a number of research projects and intra-departmental collaborations in order to better understand what our users need from us and how to deliver quality resoruces. In regards to further professionalizing what we do, it has been during my time here that we have fomalized the onboarding of both our content developers and our content coordinator. We have developed a number of manuals and guides to help us as we move into our next 25 years.

One developer and tutor with whom I have had the pleasure of working with has been Daniel Kenzie. He has partnered with us to execute a vidcast series detailing what to expect when you visit the Purdue Writing Lab, a resource that has been of use to many instructors here at Purdue. I can know happily introduce Daniel Kenzie as the next Purdue OWL Content Coordiantor. His experiences in academic administration and the writing lab will serve us well during this time of transition and growth.

By way of parting, allow me to say that my engagement with the OWL will not end here. I look forward to using the Purdue OWL in my own teaching and as a continued site of research when I join the faculty of Writing and World Languages NYU Shanghai this coming fall. I may be a world a way, but the Purdue OWL and her global wingspan will be there, supporting my teaching and research efforts. It's been a brilliant time being in the OWL's Nest.

Joshua M. Paiz, Content Coordinator, May 2012-May 2015

From Daniel Kenzie

Hello! I’m a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition with specializations in professional writing, writing program administration, and public rhetorics. I am excited to return to the Lab after previously tutoring there for three years and working as Workshop & WAC Coordinator and Business Writing Coordinator. I know how much the OWL means to writers, students, teachers, and tutors around the world because I know what it has meant to me, and I consider it a privilege to help chart its future with the rest of the OWL team. As Content Coordinator, I hope to build resources for writing across disciplines, consider accessibility for differently abled users throughout the development process, and prioritize transfer of learning. I am also looking forward to the day-to-day work of identifying needs, recruiting and collaborating with content developers, and interacting with users. The OWL has a much longer history and future than my time with it, so I hope to be a responsible steward until it’s time for me to pass the torch.


New Purdue OWL Technical Coordinator Announced


April 9, 2015 12:49 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The winds of change are blowing at Purdue and the Purdue OWL is utilizing these winds to soar to new heights. Starting this summer a whole new leadership team will be coming on-line at the Purdue OWL, as both our technical and content coordinators depart Purdue for new locales and new challenges. Below, our incumbent technical coordinator, Caitlan Spronk offers her parting thoughts and introduces our new technical cordinator, Fernando Sanchéz, who will be formally joining Purdue OWL leadership in Summer 2015. 

From Caitlan Spronk

My time at the OWL has been immensely rewarding both personally and professionally.  

On the professional side, I have gotten to spend time strengthening my knowledge of PHP, JavaScript, and user experience, and version control. Working with university IT infrastructure has given me valuable insight about deploying sites in enterprise environments. I’ve also been developing an online scheduling system for the physical writing lab at Purdue, which has been a great opportunity to learn about PHP frameworks, design patterns, and responsive JavaScript.

On the personal side, I’ve had so much fun working with fellow OWL staff.  I’ll miss our impromptu discussions about OWL navigation or emails that morph into Star Trek references and imgur viewing fests. 

Although I’m very sad to be leaving the OWL soon, I’m pleased to hand the reins over to Fernando Sanchéz, who will be taking over as the OWL technical coordinator in August. Fernando has previously worked on web design for the writing center at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and has also worked as an OWL content developer. Welcome Fernando! 

From Fernando Sanchéz

Greetings all,

As a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition with research interests in design, technical communication, and digital spaces I am excited to come on board as the Purdue OWL Webmaster for this academic year.

During my time at Purdue, I have developed content for the OWL and published in the WPA journal on making Writing Center websites accessible to ESL students. Moreover, before coming to Purdue, I served as the technology steward for the Writing Center at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN, where I was responsible for completely redesigning our webspace. This required coordinating with several entities on campus, performing user testing on prototypes, and communicating technical information to administrative staff.

I am honored to further the wonderful work that has been done to expand the OWL into new usable platforms. I look forward to incorporating my knowledge of design and testing by reaching out to OWL stakeholders and implementing iterative design choices collaboratively.


New Purdue OWL Resource: Grant Writing in the Sciences


April 8, 2015 10:18 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource series, Grant Writing in the Sciences. These resource provides users with a guide to understanding the grant writing process in many disciplines in the sciences, as well as tools for planning and writing their grants.

To access these resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Stacy Nall for her work on this resource.


New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Self-editing Workshop


March 31, 2015 12:32 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, the Self-editing Workshop. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for editing their own work. It can be accessed by clicking here

This workshop was originally held as part of the Purdue Writing Lab's contribution to Purdue's PLaCE initiatives. 

We would like to extend our thanks to Purdue OWL Content Ghada M. Gherwash and Andrew Yim for their work on this resource. We would also like to thank OWL Coordinator Joshua M. Paiz for his work extending the annotations for this resource as it was translated to a Purdue OWL resource. 


Alumni Annotations for Spring 2015


March 30, 2015 3:45 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab and the Purdue OWL are pleased to announce that the Spring 2015 issue of The Alumni Annotations is now live. It can be accessed by clicking here


OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel Update


February 19, 2015 10:24 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

Today, we have exciting news about the OWL@Purdue YouTube channel. We have surpassed 1,000,000 views of our vidcast resources!

Launched in during the spring semester of 2011, this channel has become an important part of the Purdue OWL's efforts to bring our writers and writing teachers around the globe quality instructional resource. It currently houses over 40 vidcast lectures on topics ranging from MLA/APA style to the foundations of rhetoric. 

The following vidcasts and vidcast developers deserve special recognition, as they have played a key role in helping us to pass this milestone:


Purdue OWL: Professional Writing Resources - Donation Request Letters


February 18, 2015 5:33 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, Writing Donation Requests This resource provides users with a guide to understanding a variety of genre, language, and rhetorical issues that might arise when writing donation request letters. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Libby Chernouski for her work on this resource.


Purdue OWL: Creative Writing Resources - Developing Characters


February 2, 2015 11:39 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, Writing Characters in Fiction. This resource provides users with a guide to understanding, introducing, and developing characters in fiction writing. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer McKinley P. Murphy for her work on this resource.


Purdue OWL: Activity and Postmortem Reports


January 15, 2015 4:15 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional and technical writing resources, Activity Reports and Postmortem Reports. These resources provides our users with a guide to understanding and drafting these two common workplace documents. 

To access this resource, click here

We would like to thank content developer Kyle Vealey for his work on this resource.


[First Page] [Prev] Showing page 1 of 14 pages [Next] [Last Page]

Copyright ©1995-2015 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.