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How are you spacing your writing sample?

single
3
17%
1.5
2
11%
double
13
72%
 
Total votes: 18

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samiseaborn
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Writing Sample Format

Postby samiseaborn » Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:03 pm

Double spaced or single? Career services says double, writing prof says single to make it look shorter. I tend to trust the latter more but thought I'd get a bigger sample size.

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby postitnotes » Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:44 pm

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samiseaborn
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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby samiseaborn » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:17 am

Hmm... my samples aren't longer than 10 pages to begin with, they'd probably look ridiculously short if I single spaced them then. Thanks!

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby chadwick218 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:36 pm

I say double ... I'm right at 10 pages, which even seems to long to me for an effective writing sample.

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby kimber1028 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:31 pm

I have an application that calls for a writing sample no longer than five pages - my memo that I've been using is 10. In this case, it's fine to do single space or 1.25, right? Or should I actually cut out sections? I'm inclined to do the former.

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby wiseowl » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:35 pm

kimber1028 wrote:I have an application that calls for a writing sample no longer than five pages - my memo that I've been using is 10. In this case, it's fine to do single space or 1.25, right? Or should I actually cut out sections? I'm inclined to do the former.


we were told to cut sections (just say the section title then "omitted") before doing any font/spacing trickery

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby kimber1028 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:37 pm

wiseowl wrote:
kimber1028 wrote:I have an application that calls for a writing sample no longer than five pages - my memo that I've been using is 10. In this case, it's fine to do single space or 1.25, right? Or should I actually cut out sections? I'm inclined to do the former.


we were told to cut sections (just say the section title then "omitted") before doing any font/spacing trickery


Okay, thanks. What sections were you told to cut first? Statement of facts, question presented, etc.? My discussion alone is about 6 1/2 pages.

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby wiseowl » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:51 pm

kimber1028 wrote:
wiseowl wrote:
kimber1028 wrote:I have an application that calls for a writing sample no longer than five pages - my memo that I've been using is 10. In this case, it's fine to do single space or 1.25, right? Or should I actually cut out sections? I'm inclined to do the former.


we were told to cut sections (just say the section title then "omitted") before doing any font/spacing trickery


Okay, thanks. What sections were you told to cut first? Statement of facts, question presented, etc.? My discussion alone is about 6 1/2 pages.


i think i would leave the discussion as intact as possible. cut question presented first, then conclusion (if you even have it), then brief answer, then facts, then i guess you go to the 2nd/3rd/4th issues of a multi-issue memo.

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Re: Writing Sample Format

Postby kimber1028 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:55 pm

Okay, thanks. I appreciate your help!




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