Applying the ‘Write Short’ Concept in a University Degree Assessment Strategy

Justin O'Brien


It is a remark credited to several great writers: the admission, ‘I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you this long one instead’. Spilling your guts is easy; being concise takes time. Short is harder; content-rich, succinct writing requires supreme skill and considered application. This short paper argues the case that small is beautiful when we think about setting university assignment word counts.


elastic essays; academic writing; student writing; re-genring; genre; brevity

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