Here's Why Academics Should Write for the Public
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Jonathan Wai, Duke University and David Miller, Northwestern University There's been much discussion about the needless complexity of academic writing. In a widely read article in The Chronicle of Higher Education last year, Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard and author of several acclaimed books including The Sense of Style, analyzed why academic writing is "turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand." More recently, Jeff Camhi, professor emeritus of biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discovered how much academic authors struggle when trying to write for a lay audience. He suggested writing programs should "develop a night course in creative nonfiction writing, specifically for professors." We think learning to write creative nonfiction isn't a bad idea. But we disagree with Camhi's suggestion that academics need a night course for this. We propose something simpler: academics just nee...
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