writing

There were three books which I read as a young man and knew, as I was reading them, that they were irrevocably changing my outlook on the world. The first was Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (1968), which I read as an undergraduate and which ruined my...

Telling psychology’s stories of change
In this evolving collaborative online document, Jon Sutton shares what he has learnt about writing in his 20 years as Editor of The...

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

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...

It’s funny how things happen. I was talking to my hairdresser and he said, ‘you know what you should do, you should write a book’. Immediately I said, ‘oh no, I haven’t got time, they don’t make any money, I’ve tried that before and gave up’.

I went away and reflected...

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...