David Taylor
David Taylor

Before he began the Writing Fellows Program at the University of Maryland University College, Dr. Taylor was an executive magazine editor for Rodale Press, where he won a DEMA (Diving Equipment and Manufacturers Association) award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Journalism. For 10 years David served as a professor of English and Journalism at Moravian College in Pennsylvania, where he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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  • 9 min
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    How to Format an Essay in Microsoft Word
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    Don’t work hard on a paper - only to lose points for mechanical or formatting errors! Instead, learn how to format an essay using MLA style guidelines.

  • 6 min
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    How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement
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    Your paper’s thesis statement provides a road map for the rest of your essay. Learn how to write a strong thesis statement in this lesson from David Taylor.

  • 11 min
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    How to Write a Well Structured Essay
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    Need to write a clear, concise paper for high school or college? Learn the structure of a basic five-paragraph essay and how to formulate a thesis statement.

  • 6 min
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    How to Choose & Narrow a Research Topic
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    Your essay deadline is looming, but what will you write about? Learn how to formulate a research topic that is debatable, plausible, and consequential.

  • 12 min
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    How to Write a Perfect Memo
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    Do you need to share information in your workplace, but don't want it lost in a flood of emails? Learn to craft and format the perfect office memorandum!

  • 9 min
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    How to Write to a Critique Essay
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    Jump into scholarly debate by learning how to write a good critique essay, which summarizes and evaluates the strengths of weaknesses of a piece of writing.

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