All day long I write. Mostly, this writing is e-mails, but I write other things as well. Reports, lecture notes, presentations, letters of recommendation, grant proposals, comments, articles, chapters, Slack updates – and yes – blog posts.


My guess is that you spend much of your time writing as well. The work of higher education is mostly about information -its creation and dissemination – much of which occurs through writing. Every time that we put sentence to screen we are trying to communicate effectively, clearly, and concisely. We tend to discount e-mail writing as writing, but we shouldn’t. The e-mails that we write must inform and sometimes persuade. Doing so well is difficult.

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