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Free Short Course: Writing Good Academic Prose with Joseph Bizup


LOCATION: International Affairs Building, Room 270B

DATES: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm & 3:00 - 5:00 pm AND Friday, March 11, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please note that this course takes place on both Thursday and Friday; participants must attend both days

Academic writing has a reputation for being unnecessarily difficult, inaccessible, and obtuse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This course is intended for faculty, post-docs and graduate students who want to write more understandable and persuasive academic prose. You will learn a number of general principles that will allow you to predict how clear, coherent, and comprehensible your prose will be to readers and that will allow you to revise accordingly. The aim is to help you become a more efficient and effective writer. The course will incorporate samples of participants’ own writing; all sessions will involve significant hands-on work.

Joseph Bizup is Associate Professor of English and Director of the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University, a program that offers almost 400 courses and that has over 6,500 enrollments each year. Professor Bizup served for several years as Co-Director of the Bass Writing Program at Yale, and from 2002 to 2008 he directed the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia. His research interests include rhetorical theory, writing program design, argumentation, genre, style, and professional communication. He is the author of Manufacturing Culture, a study of nineteenth-century industrial rhetoric, and articles on literature, rhetoric, and academic writing. He is also an editor of The Norton Reader and co-author with Joseph M. Williams of Style: Lessons In Clarity and Grace, 13th edition.