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“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write.
“Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce.
“Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.”
- In the New York Times, read Helen Sword’s introduction to spoooooky “mutant verbs”—and her sage advice about “zombie nouns”
- In the Chronicle of Higher Education, read how one writer attempts to improve his prose with online tools—including Sword’s “Writer’s Diet Test”
- In the Chronicle of Higher Education, read one diagnosis of the source of fusty, overwrought academic writing: academics’ deep insecurity about appearing smart
- In the Vancouver Sun, read how Stylish Academic Writing’s speaks to a necessary rejuvenation of academia
- Read excerpts from Styling Academic Writing in the Chronicle Review and on the HUP Blog
- Read an interview with Sword in the Chronicle of Higher Education
- In the Wall Street Journal, read Sword’s argument that “stylish academic writing” is not an oxymoron
- Submit a sample of your own writing to Sword’s online “Writer’s Diet Test”
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