Ultimately the aim of this course is to give you ideas how you can organize your own process of writing (and reviewing) and how you can make use of standard resources on writing and editing like The Chicago Manual of Style or other style and writing guides, journal web sites, etc.
There will be practical exercises, we will read and analyze text in class, and there will be reading and writing assignments for home. I will meet with students individually or in small groups to discuss their texts, and you should be prepared to read and review the texts of others.
Standard reference for this course:
The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003, Chicago University Press).
Other works that I will use frequently:
- Steenrod, Norman E., Halmos, Paul R., Schiffer, M.M., and Jean A., Dieudoné. How to Write Mathematics. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 1973.
- Strunk, William Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style, 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.
- Williams, Joseph M. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, With two chapters coauthored by Gregory G. Colomb. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
- Zinsser, William. On Writing Well, 30th anniversary ed. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.