New study says more abstract, jargony articles get cited less

New study says scholarly articles that are hard to read don't actually make the author sound smarter, and they get cited less. Authors hope their findings will encourage graduate programs to teach students how to write clearly.


Racist writing instructor's Listserv post prompts debate about future of the field and how scholars communicate

Racist writing instructor's Listserv post prompts debate about the future of the field and how scholars communicate with one another.


Author discusses his new book on how writing is and should be taught

Author discusses his new book about “killing the five-paragraph essay” and other ways schools and colleges could do a better job of teaching writing.


Professional association that supports creative writing departments just ousted its executive director, with no public explanation

A professional association of writers that supports hundreds of creative writing departments just fired its executive director of three decades, with no public explanation.


Writing group kicks poet off committee because of her tweets on 'Gone With the Wind'

National group of campus writing programs kicks a poet off a committee because of Twitter project that some view as racist but others view as artistic expression.


Writing teachers talk teaching students about 'white privilege' at composition instructors' meeting

Writing instructors at Conference on College Composition and Communication talk about teaching about racism and white privilege -- and the political and career risks they face for doing so.


Arizona State U. backs down from some details of a controversial plan for writing instructors

Arizona State, facing criticism, agrees to pay more to some composition instructors assigned extra sections. But the university refuses to back down on courseloads that violate disciplinary standards.


Arizona State tells non-tenure-track writing instructors to teach an extra course each semester


Arizona State tells non-tenure-track English instructors to shift from 4-4 to 5-5 course load, without increase in compensation and in violation of professional codes on how many writing students one can effectively teach.


Composition instructors report uptick in intentional use of single-quotation marks

Love it or hate it, composition professors report seeing an uptick in students' intentional use of single quotation marks outside their traditional context. 


Study examines professors' writing assignments for students

National study examines the nature of assignments -- and finds many of them lacking in creativity.



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