Tucson Festival of Books

Workshop: Why Bad Writing is Bad

Freddie deBoer describes himself as a "cool but rude" writer and academic. He's also a Substack blogger with more than 50,000 subscribers. In this workshop, he will take apart bad writing sentence by sentence, editing until it becomes good writing. Then you all will collaboratively do the same. This is how we teach almost everything other than writing, so let's learn to write better just the same way that we learned long division, how to cast a fishing rod, or how to play the oboe.

Fredrik deBoer

Fredrik deBoer is the author of "The Cult of Smart," a book about meritocracy, education and the potential for a more humane society. It was selected by New York Magazine as one of its Ten Best Books of 2020....

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How Elites Ate the Social Justice Movement
Fredrik deBoer
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon & Schuster
September 2023
ISBN 9781668016015
256 pages
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The Cult of Smart
How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice
Fredrik deBoer
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
St. Martin's Publishing Group
August 2020
ISBN 9781250200372
288 pages