Clear and coherent writing

Academic writing is mainly about conveying meaning, arguing something and defending a position. To do so effectively, writing has to be clear and well organised. All this is explored in pages about:

Bear in mind is that most writers tend to assume too much knowledge of their readers. Most readers are not as strongly immersed in the topic as you the author, or they may be immersed in different ways than yourself. Read The ‘curse of knowledge’ leads writers to assume their readers know everything they know (Pinker, S. 2014).


Resources available online

Say it once, say it right: Seven strategies to improve your academic writing (Dunleavy, P. 2014).

Insider persona’ in voice: practical suggestions for doctoral writers (Carter, S. 2016 in Doctoral Writing SIG.

Explorations of style. A blog about academic writing.

Grammarly, a tool to improve your writing

Useful references

Belmont, W. & Sharkey, M. (2006), The easy writer. Formal writing for academic purposes. Pearson Longman: Frenchs Forest.

Craswell, Gail (2005), Writing for academic success. A postgraduate Guide. Sage Study Skills: London.

Dunleavy,  Patrick (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or thesis. Palgrave Macmillan.

Faigley, Lester (2009), The Little Penguin Handbook. Pearson: French Forest

Kaplan, Bruce (2003), Editing made easy. Penguin Books:  Camberwell

Pinker, S. (2014). The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Penguin: New York.

Purdue Online Writing Lab,

Weiss, Edmond H. (1990), Writing remedies. Practical exercises for technical writing. Oryx Press.