At Shut Up & Write Tuesdays we believe that (a) Great writers are great readers and (b) Great reads are rarely found in academic journals.
So we’re putting together a list of the great non-academic reads that inform our practice. The goal is to expose you to great writing and encourage you to apply the style, techniques, and advice of journalists, novelists, and poets to your academic writing.
This list is just a start and we will add to it over time. We’d also welcome your suggestions, so please leave your comments below.
Non-Required Reading – Check out this great non-academic reading schedule, created by our founder Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer and designed to help PhD students become better writers.
Mosaic – An excellent collection of articles, published by the Wellcome Trust, that make science interesting and engaging.
Aeon – A beautiful collection of original essays on philosophy, science, psychology, health, society, technology, and culture.
The Paris Review – Interviews with famous writers (studded with great advice) and outstanding short works by contemporary writers.
Literary Hub – Interviews with writers, reflections on reading and writing in popular culture, and recommendations for great reads.
Offline – Get yourself a copy of Ann Patchett’s This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage and 2014’s The Best American Non-Required Reading. Ann’s essay ‘Nonfiction, An Introduction’ contains so much insightful writing advice that we highlighted something on every page, and BANRR is a thoughtfully curated collection of top-shelf short fiction, graphics, and long-form journalism. For experimental writing, check out The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. And for the best advice on writing we’ve ever read, spend some time with Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.