If you don’t end your essay with the ‘so what’ answered, you haven’t done your job
Ah, writing … that elusive skill. For all the advice and helpful books on the market, there is little substitute for developing the skill through practice and experience. But not everyone has the time, and even experienced writers can struggle to find the right words.
In this episode of A BETTER PEACE, Jennifer Keene and Michael Neiberg discuss various tips on writing, especially history and other scholarship. How does one craft a good thesis? Or deliver a great hook in the introduction? Or develop those ‘wow’ moments that leave a lasting impression on the reader?
Jennifer Keene is Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and a specialist in American military experience during World War I. Michael Neiberg is the Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
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Other releases in the “On Writing” series:
- GENERAL HISTORY: H.R. McMASTER (ON WRITING)
- WHEN A GENERAL WRITES FOR THE GENERALIST (ON WRITING)
- THE VALUE OF WRITTEN THOUGHT: STEPHEN VOGEL (ON WRITING)
- TWO AUTHORS UNDER THE SAME ROOF
- THE MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: ALEXANDRA RICHIE (ON WRITING)
- FACT AND FICTION: THE RECOUNTING OF WWII WITH JAMES HOLLAND (ON WRITING)
- THE U.S. ARMY IN THE 20TH CENTURY: AN INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN LINN (ON WRITING)
- LIBERATION FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE LIBERATED (ON WRITING)
- PARIS 1919: A CONVERSATION WITH MARGARET MACMILLAN (ON WRITING)
- THE CHALLENGES OF WRITING BIOGRAPHIES (ON WRITING)