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When teaching writing, there is always a tension between mastering the form of a given genre and being able to express that something special that will elevate one's writing beyond the mundane and into the truly exceptional.

Templates and other writing guides, therefore, run the risk of being overly prescriptive and stomping on creativity or the expression of individuality and talent, which are the elements that underpin truly great writing.

Happy International Women's Day!

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women (ref. here). Over the last few years at EssayJack, we've been lucky enough to have worked alongside some very inspirational women and want to take a moment to recognize these STRONG ladies for all that they do!

EssayJack 08.03.2018


The Businesswoman of The Year Awards have recognized the accomplishments of outstanding women in the National Capital Region since 1983 andthis year, our CEO and co-founder, Dr. Lindy Ledohowski, has been named as a finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. Please join us in congratulating Lindy on this feat. She has written about her experiences moving from being a tenure track English professor to being an EdTech start up CEO (here and here and here among other places), and her story about leaping successfully from the academic track to the entrepreneurial one is a narrative we wish more people knew. As a strong womanin business and leader to our team, we are just so very proud that the BYAs have sat up and taken notice of her accomplishments.




EssayJack 01.03.2018

You might know the song from Fiddler on the Roof that goes “If I were a rich man.” And if you do, you might have wondered why the words didn’t go “If I was a rich man.” After all, isn’t it true that “was” is singular and “were” is plural? “I were” simply sounds wrong!

But you may be surprised to learn that the use of “were” in the song is actually correct. The issue is one of what is known as “mood.” And the verb in “If I were a rich man” is in what grammarians call the subjunctive mood.

Did you know that verbs could have "moods"? They do, but different kinds of "moods" than emotional states. When we're talking about the "moods" of verbs, we aren't talking about being happy or sad, but something quite different.

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