AW Feature 5

Screen-shot-2011-04-03-at-9.08.38-PM5 Academic writing is inclusive and careful with language

Many guidelines to academic writing emphasise the importance of being ‘objective’ and impersonal, but this will not always be appropriate to your GSA assignments (for example when writing about your own studio practice). We discuss the place of ‘I’ in academic writing on this page.

More significantly, good academic writing is inclusive: it does not alienate the reader by using overly personal anecdotes, emotive language, or universalised statements. It is best not to assume that the reader shares your experience or agrees with your standpoint on an issue (for example, by using rhetorical questions) – this style of writing is more appropriate to journalism than academia. The aim is to convince your reader through evidence and reasoned argument, rather than persuasive language.