Writing Tips

What makes a sentence memorable, profound, beautiful? Or, conversely, what makes a sentence impossible to read? This section of the website provides some age-old advice for anyone who wants to improve their writing (and we can all improve our writing). You’ll find advice on the level of the sentence, where I explain how deadwood confuses readers and why the passive voice bores them to tears. You’ll find links to some incredible resources where the mechanics of writing are discussed with passion! You’ll also find a discussion of seven types of paragraphs, advice about structuring an argument, and some example essays (simply ask me for the password!).

All of the tools here are the building blocks of successful academic work, but they are transferable skills: succeeding here will help you write successful cover letters for jobs, treatments for scripts, letters to the editor, and maybe even a good love letter.