The following list contains books and papers that colleagues on Twitter suggested for students to read about writing well in the social sciences. Thank you to all who submitted recommendations! If you would like to include a title, please email me at email@example.com or get in touch on Twitter.
Here is the list!
(a) How to write well in the social sciences (all disciplines) [scroll down for specific lists on anthropology, ethnography, qualitative scholarship, and specific formats such as grant proposals]
Bammer, A., & Joeres, R. E. B. (Eds.). (2015). The future of scholarly writing: Critical interventions. Springer. [esp. chapter by Carolyn Steedman]
Barrass, R. (2005). Scientists Must Write: A guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students. Routledge.
Barley, S. R. (2006). When I write my masterpiece: Thoughts on what makes a paper interesting. Academy of Management Journal, 49(1), 16-20.
Becker, H. S. (2008). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. University of Chicago Press.
Billig, M. (2013). Learn to write badly: How to succeed in the social sciences. Cambridge University Press.
Cargill, M. & O’Connor, P. (2009). Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps. Wiley-Blackwell.
Cochrane, J. (2005) H. Writing tips for Ph. D. students. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago. Available at: https://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/john.cochrane/research/papers/phd_paper_writing.pdf
Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral dissertation or thesis. Palgrave Macmillan.
Eco, U. (2015). How to write a thesis. MIT Press.
Fallon, H. (2009). The academic writing toolkit: Writing for professional and peer-reviewed journals. SCONUL Focus, 45, 66-71.
Fenton, N. (2018). Improving your technical writing skills. Available at: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~norman/papers/good_writing/Technical%20writing.pdf
Fine, G. (1988). The Ten Commandments of Writing. The American Sociologist, Summer, 152-157.
Forsyth, M. (2013). The elements of eloquence: How to turn the perfect English phrase. Icon Books Ltd.
Franklin, M. I. (2012). Understanding research: Coping with the quantitative-qualitative divide. Routledge.
Greenhalgh, T. (2019). Twitter Women’s Tips on Academic Writing: A Female Response to Gioia’s Rules of the Game. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28(4), 484-487.
Grey, C., & Sinclair, A. (2006). Writing differently. Organization, 13(3), 443-453.
Haynes, A. (2010). Writing successful academic books. Cambridge University Press.
Hartley, J. (2008). Academic writing and publishing: A practical handbook. Routledge.
Katz. M. (2009). From Research to Manuscript: A Guide to Scientific Writing. Springer.
Lamott, A., 1995. Bird by bird: Some instructions on writing and life. Anchor.
Le Guin, U. K. (2004). The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination. Shambhala Publications.
Leech, N. L., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., & Combs, J. P. (2011). Writing publishable mixed research articles: Guidelines for emerging scholars in the health sciences and beyond. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5(1), 7-24.
Lupton, D. (1997). Doctors on the medical profession. Sociology of Health & Illness, 19(4), 480-497.
McCloskey, D. N. (1998) The rhetoric of economics. Univ of Wisconsin Press.
Miller, B. & Paola, S. (2005). Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. McGraw-Hill.
Murray, R. (2005). Writing for Academic Journals. Open University Press.
Murray, R. & Moore, S. (2006). The Handbook of Academic Writing: A fresh approach. McGraw-Hill.
O’Connor, M. (2003). Writing Successfully in Science. E& FN Spon.
Orwell, G. (1946). Politics and the English language. Available at: http://www.public-library.uk/ebooks/72/30.pdf
Peat, J. (2002). Scientific Writing: Easy when you know how. BMJ Books.
Piantanida, M. (2006). The authority to imagine: The struggle toward representation in dissertation writing. Peter Lang.
Pinker, S. (2014). Why academics stink at writing. Chronicle of Higher Education, 26.
Powner, L. C. (2014). Empirical research and writing: A political science student’s practical guide. CQ Press.
Prose, F. (2012). Reading like a writer: A guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them. Union Books.
Pyrczak, F. (2016). Writing empirical research reports: A basic guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. Routledge.
Reid, N. (2018). Getting published in international journals: Writing strategies for European social scientists. Revised edition. Professional Publications Press.
Roman, K., & Raphaelson, J. (2010). Writing that works: How to communicate effectively in business. Harper Collins.
Silvia. P. (2007). How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to productive academic writing. APA.
Silvia, P. (2015). Write it up: Practical strategies for writing and publishing journal articles. American Psychological Association.
Strunk, W. (2007). The elements of style. Penguin.
Squirrell, T. (2019). How to write better essays (updated edition). Available at: https://www.timsquirrell.com/blog/tim-squirrell-how-to-write-better-essays
Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Harvard University Press.
Sword, H. (2017). Air & light & time & space: How successful academics write. Harvard University Press.
Tsing, A., & Ebron, P. (2015). Writing and rhythm: call and response with Anna Tsing and Paulla Ebron. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21(3), 683-687.
Williams, J. M. (2007). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace. Longman Publishing Group.
Woodford, W. P. (1999). Writing a journal article, dissertation, or research-grant proposal – Steps for graduate students and others. CBE VIEWS, 22(1), 12-13.
VanHeuvelen, J. S. (2019). Isolation or interaction: healthcare provider experience of design change. Sociology of health & illness, 41(4), 692-708.
Zinsser, W. (2006). On writing well: The classic guide to writing nonfiction. Harper Collins.
(b) How to write well in anthropology & ethnography:
Atkinson, P. (2013). Ethnographic writing, the Avant-Garde and a Failure of Nerve. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(1), 19-35.
Boellstorff, T. (2008). How to Get an Article Accepted at American Anthropologist (or Anywhere). American Anthropologist, 110(3), 281–283.
Bouchetoux, F. (2013). Writing Anthropology: A call for uninhibited methods. Palgrave Macmillan.
Fiske, J. (1991). Writing ethnographies: Contribution to a dialogue, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 77:3, 330-335.
Goodall Jr., H.L. (2000) – Writing the New Ethnography. Altamira Press.
Lahiri, S.; Mahmud, L. & Herron, J. (orgs.) (2010). A student’s guide to reading and writing in social anthropology. Harvard College.
Lillis, T. (2008). Ethnography as Method, Methodology, and_Deep Theorizing: Closing the Gap Between Text and Context in Academic writing research. Written Communication, 25(3). 353-388.
Van Maanen, J. (2011). Tales of the field: On writing ethnography. University of Chicago Press.
Monteagudo, J. (2013). Writing Ethnographic and Auto-biographical approaches: Old and New challenges. Miradas, 11, 94-102.
O’Hare, P. (2007). Getting down to writing up. Navigating from the field to the desk and the (re)presentation of fieldwork. Anthropology Matters Journal, 9(2), 1-9.
Yarrow, T., & Degnen, C. (n.d.) Writing Across Boundaries. Available at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/writingacrossboundaries/
(c) Specific to qualitative scholarship:
Belgrave, L.; Zablotsky, D. & Guadagno, M. (2002). How do we talk to each other: Writing qualitative research for quantitative readers. Qualitative Health Research, 12(10), 1427-1439.
Ely, M.; Vinz, R.; Downing, M. & Anzul, M. & (1997). On Writing Qualitative Research: Living by Words. The Falmer Press.
Richardson, L. (2000). New writing practices in qualitative research. Sociology of Sport Journal, 17, 5-20.
van Manen, M. (2006). Writing Qualitatively, or the Demands of Writing. Qual Health Research; 16; 713-22.
Sandelowski, M. (1998). Writing a good read: Strategies for Re-Presenting Qualitative Data. Research in Nursing & Health, 21, 375-382.
Woods. P. (2006). Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers. Routledge.
Wolcott, H.F. (1990). Writing up qualitative research. NY: Sage.
Wolcott, H. F. (2002). Writing up qualitative research… better. Qualitative health research, 12(1), 91-103.
(d) Specific formats (e.g. grant proposals, dissertations):
Cohen, M. Z., Knafl, K., & Dzurec, L. C. (1993). Grant writing for qualitative research. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 25(2), 151-156.
Fabian, J. (2002). Virtual Archives and Ethnographic Writing: “Commentary” as a New Genre. Current Anthropology, 43(5), 775-86.
Friedland, A. & Folt, C. (2009). Writing Successful Science Proposals. Yale University Press.
Przeworski, A., & Salomon, F. (1995). The art of writing proposals. Available at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ssrc-cdn1/crmuploads/new_publication_3/the-art-of-writing-proposals.pdf
Richmond, K. (2019). Presentation on classical rhetoric, available here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338170100_Classical_rhetoric
Sandelowski, M. & Barroso, J. (2003). Writing the proposal for a qualitative research methodology project. Qualitative Health Research, 13(6), 781-820.