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Tips to write better

Here, you can find articles about practical ways to improve your scholarly or professional writing. These are especially relevant if you’re writing for an international audience or you are a multi-language author—but useful for anyone, I hope 🙂

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Interview on Tandem Nomads podcast!

Yikes, I was interviewed on the Tandem Nomads podcast! Like, right here --> Tandem Nomads! Tandem Nomads was founded and is run by Amel Derragui, a business and marketing coach ...
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Presenting in clear English with diverse audiences (highlights from a mini-webinar)

I had a great response to a 12-minute talk on how to use clear English to communicate with diverse audiences! Here's what I talked about. Families in Global Transition will ...
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Key to clearer writing: Know what you want to say

If you want to write clearly, you must know what you want to say. This may seem obvious but it's surprising how many writers forget this point. As the writer, ...
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RESOURCES: Plain language for academics

Here are links to articles from experts who argue how using plain language will help improve academic writing too. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but making sure that ...
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Attempts of a non-designer to visually present information so it’s clear

I used to think that tinkering with figures and tables was an indulgence—I did it for fun if I had time. But now I know that visual presentation matters and ...
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Plain language is a civil right

Access to information is essential for us to participate in society and lead healthy lives. Plain language helps us access that information, understand it, and use it to exercise our ...
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What’s wrong with “native speaker”? Plus ESL, ELL, EFL…alphabet soup!

In reality, a "native English speaker" means people who are from a Western English-speaking country. The term is used to exclude anyone who doesn't fit into that group, no matter ...
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BOOK: The Elements of International English Style, by Edmond H. Weiss

Ever wonder how to write English suited for international readers? Edward Weiss's Elements of International English Style is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide that gives concrete strategies while being sensitive ...
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Plain language vs. Easy English

Plain language's aim is to ensure that people can access (understand and use) the information they need to lead better lives. But there's also Easy English. The two share core ...
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RESOURCES: Plain language

Using plain language means writing in a way that your intended audiences can immediately find, understand, and use your messages and information. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but ...
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Expressing time zones for events

As events have gone online since 2020, we've become more conscious of time zones. If your event targets an international audience, express the event time in a way that makes ...
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BOOK: The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams

Even if you're not a designer, you can make your documents more attractive. In her brilliant book, Robin Williams explains the four basic design principles we need to use ...
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Plain language: Using design elements for clear communication

Plain language isn't just about the words; design makes it easier for readers to find, understand, and use the information in the document. Fortunately, you don't need to be a ...
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Key to clearer writing: Be consistent

Some things about writing better are hard, but others are quite simple—like being consistent ...
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Key to clearer writing: Know the big picture before you start

Understanding the big picture—before you start writing—will help you write better. When you know who and what the document is for, you can put the right pieces in the right ...
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The power of words: Multi-language authors

I am going to say "multi-language author" instead of "non-native English speaker" from now on ...
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3 tips to write succinctly

Academic writers are often told to "write succinctly"...but what makes your writing succinct? Use short, concise words, and short sentences ...
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3 ways to cut the clutter from your writing

Drafts of your manuscripts are bound to have clutter. That's perfectly normal. But what exactly is "clutter" and how can you get rid of it? Find the verb, cut repetition ...
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Plain language for academic & professional writing

Have you heard of the movement to promote "plain language"? Plain language is a beautiful goal and its concepts are useful for all writers, including academics. Get started with these ...
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How to earn credibility through your writing, part 2 of 2

How can you help make sure that people will believe what you are saying? What makes your writing credible? This is the second of a two-part series on how to ...
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part 1 of how to earn credibility through your writing

How to earn credibility through your writing, part 1 of 2

Writing is one way to share your hard work with others. But how can you help make sure that people will believe what you are saying? What makes your writing ...
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TIPS for multi-language authors on English academic writing

Different languages and cultures have different approaches to academic writing. If you haven't been trained in English academic writing style, keep some of these tips in mind ...
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RESOURCE: TIPS for writing better journal articles: Focus

Wiley's infographic on 5 tips for writing better science papers is based on the work of Richard Threlfall (read full guide on ChemistryViews). There's a handy infographic on Wiley that ...
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Questions to ask yourself to help organize your writing

We may each approach writing in our unique ways, but no matter what, some logical thinking needs to be behind the final product ...
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