Mastering Style: The Learning and Teaching of Writing

Speakers: Steven Pinker, Jill Abramson, moderated by Samuel Moulton

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Location: Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke Street

Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we better learn and teach it?

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. In his latest book, The Sense of Style, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.


Steven Pinker
Author, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

With commentary by:

Jill Abramson
Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, Harvard University
Former Executive Editor, The New York Times

Moderated by:

Samuel Moulton
Director of Educational Research and Assessment, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and The Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series.