The changing nature of ye olde academic writing

classic booksLikely we all remember Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. It was written in the late 1300’s in Middle English. Here are the first few lines:

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote

The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,    

And bathed every veyne in swich licour,        

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;          

Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

I am sure we are all flashing back to high school and suffering though this classic long work. Most of us read an updated version written in modern English, thankfully. Likely you remember the discussion of the evolution of language. [Read more…]

2014 TAA Conference to feature track on writing craft

2014conf_logo_squareTAA’s 2014 Conference on Textbook & Academic Writing in Baltimore, MD, June 20-21, will include a new track on “Writing Craft”. The track will feature four presentations by veteran textbook and academic writers in the form of sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, including:

Bingo! It’s a Match! Selecting an Academic Journal for Publication, presented by Dannelle D. Stevens
Confessions of a Reluctant Author: How to Write a Book When You Don’t Like to Write, presented by Susan Robison
Yikes! My Journal Article Was Rejected? Why & What to Do About It, presented by Dannelle D. Stevens
Academic Life Vests: Learning to Manage Multiple Writing Projects, presented by Tracey S. Hodges and Katherine Landau Wright

Visit the 2014 TAA Conference website to learn more about these sessions and to register.

Honing your writing craft: An interview with Dannelle Stevens, Ph.D.

Dannelle Stevens

Dannelle Stevens

Dannelle D. Stevens is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. She is a coauthor of several books including: Introduction To Rubrics: An Assessment Tool To Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning; Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change; and Tenure in the sacred grove: Issues and strategies for women and minorities.

Here Stevens talks to TAA about honing her writing craft: [Read more…]