An artist's depiction of a brain from above. On the left side of the brain, straight black-and-white lines suggest technology. On the right, curved lines and colors suggest human creativity.
Jan 20, 2023
Human- and machine-generated prose may one day be indistinguishable. But that does not quell academics’ search for an answer to the question “What makes prose human?”


April 24, 2014
All faculty members, not just those in writing programs, have a responsibility, writes Ellen Goldberger.
February 3, 2014
To reach the general public, academics should stop their fear of using "I" in their writing, suggests David Jarmul.
October 29, 2013
Wick Sloane teaches community college students to write essays to transfer to universities. To set an example of "show, don't tell," he surveys the scene at a World Series game.
October 23, 2013
An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.
September 30, 2013
As Bard restores idea of writing your way into college, we offer a look at its essay prompts, and others. Are colleges asking the right questions? Was Kant correct about dishonesty? And how cool is the mantis shrimp?
August 29, 2013
Too many adjectives and adverbs spoil academic broth, scholar argues.
April 16, 2013
Writing professors issue warning about plagiarism detection software.
March 15, 2013
Prominent writing instructor challenges a much-discussed study that found machines can grade student writing about as well as humans.
March 14, 2013
There are skills that keyboards don't teach, writes Rob Weir.
December 11, 2012
A poem by Laurence Musgrove considers the state of student writing.


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