writing

Paul Penn's first book is a guide to key skills for success at university. Here we extract from Chapter 5: 'Producing written assessments at degree level: Producing quality written work shouldn’t be rocket science, even if you’re studying rocket science.'

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Escaping the balance trap

Impartiality is considered a central tenet of good journalism. In practise, this often means presenting two sides of a story to ensure balance. While this works in stories about politics, ‘balance’ in science reporting can...

We’re always listening out for ‘Voices in Psychology’. People who can take often complex ideas and communicate them in a way that will engage and inform our large and diverse audience. Writers with real impact, who are learning to avoid some of the traps of academic writing....

Bestselling author Matt Haig’s new book is Notes on a Nervous Planet (Canongate). Our editor Jon Sutton asked him about his approach to writing and mental health.

In Notes...

Since starting her own private practice, Dr Philippa East has chosen to work part-time, keeping her clinical work to two days a week. She spends the rest of her time writing. It sounds like this rebalancing was always inevitable.

‘Books are in my DNA,’ she tells me. ‘I...

We’re always listening out for ‘Voices in Psychology’. People who can take often complex ideas and communicate them in a way that will engage and inform our large and diverse audience. Writers...

While the British Psychological Society stipulates that graduates should be able to ‘communicate ideas and research findings by written, oral and visual means’, I have noticed the absence of any form of specialised writing or communication classes in curricula. In the US, by...

‘I’ve never had any goals in my life, and I think that’s just fine’. So opened a funny, witty keynote speech by James Pennebaker, which outlined his journey from physical symptoms, to expressive writing and eventually… Donald Trump. The University of Texas Professor began his...

There are doubtless many skills involved in writing for impact. But we will never learn those skills unless we are motivated to do so. For that to happen, attitudes – or rather social norms – in our discipline have to change. There are many entrenched views that stand in the...

I was hugely impressed in your talk just now with the walk through science that you took, and how multidisciplinary and multi-method your approach has been. What are the roots of that...