Category Archives: Margaret Atwood

are we stuck in a Gutenberg time-warp?

Last week I was in Strasbourg, the home* of Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. I was giving a “lecture” on academic writing to a European social science summer school. I decided to focus my talk on the current “gold … Continue reading

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a metaphor for thesis completion?

I read a tweet not too long ago from Margaret Atwood. She announced that she was just about to ‘go down the writing burrow’ for a while. Her metaphor of the writing burrow really struck me. The ‘burrow’ clearly signals … Continue reading

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what do words want?

In writing workshops I often come across people with conference and nearly final draft papers that they do not seem able to finish. The prospect of sending them out for review and possible publication just seems too hard, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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