WriteCast Episode 42: Using Creative Writing Strategies in Academic Writing -->

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WriteCast Episode 42: Using Creative Writing Strategies in Academic Writing


You don't have to be a creative writer to use the tips in this episode of WriteCast! Join writing instructors Max and Claire for a discussion of creative writing strategies--such as knowing where you're going and how you're going to get there, writing exploratory drafts, anticipating audience response, getting a secondary reader, and understanding deconstruction--that you can use to strengthen your academic writing.

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  1. We had a very interesting comment about this WriteCast episode come in from a listener in Canada, Jeff C. Jeff speculated on the ability (or inability) of scholarly writing to be interesting which was in response to Claire’s point that "there is a built in interest level for readers of scholarly work." Jeff rightly noted that sometimes scholarly work can be difficult to engage with as a reader, despite this prerequisite interest from readers.

    Jeff’s comment inspired plenty of conversation among the WriteCast production team and throughout the Writing Center, so here is part of Claire’s response to Jeff:

    “I think that you’re absolutely correct that there is room to engage the reader in academic writing. Academic writers can do this by connecting ideas in new ways and using engaging sentence structures among other techniques… I agree that ideally academic ideas are accessible to all in multiple forums—and I think that there are many of those formats out today bridging that gap. These scholarly/creative hybrids are written with more creative approaches often based heavily in research and fact. There are also many creative nonfiction writers who are also scientists and researchers, like Barbara Hurd and Diane Ackerman, both of whom mix history and science with personal essay and reflection. I encourage you to check out these new forums where creative approaches to writing can mesh with fact-based research.”

    Thank you very much, Jeff from Canada for taking the time to comment on the episode. And thanks for listening! Keep writing. Keep inspiring!

    1. If you'd like to join the conversation with Claire, Max and other WriteCast listeners out there, please reach out to us! You can comment on any of the platforms where you download your podcasts, or you can comment on any of our WriteCast blog posts on the blog.

      We'll try and respond to all feedback we receive, and we may even feature your question/comment on a future episode of WriteCast: A Casual Conversation for Serious Writers.

      Thanks Listeners, we're here because you are. Stay in touch!

      -Claire, Max, and the entire WriteCast production team