Write No Matter What

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Professors do a great deal of writing, but that doesn’t mean that they’re good at it. That’s a fundamental point of Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics (University of Chicago Press). The writer is Joli Jensen, the Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication at the University of Tulsa, where she founded and directs the Henneke Faculty Writing Program. Via email, she responded to questions about her new book.

Q: What would you consider to be the significant obstacles that professors face in their own writing?

A: The craft of academic writing has been needlessly mystified, so many people feel shame and anxiety when our writing does not go smoothly. But writing seldom goes smoothly! University life makes writing much harder by setting the stakes quite large (“publish or perish”) and shrouding it in secrecy, while anticipating outstanding teaching and a great deal of service. My book provides faculty an assortment of techniques to help them take the realities of the academic environment; reduce writing anxiety; secure composing time, space and energy; recognize and overcome writing myths; and keep writing momentum. I hope it helps to purify the academic writing experience.

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