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How to write for the general public?


Join author and journalist Linda Jaivin and the acting director of the China Studies Centre, Olivier Krischer, as they discuss how researchers and writers can adapt their writing or research findings to speak to a broader general public.

This event targets research students and early career researchers working about or with China, who might be wondering:

  • what are the key differences between writing academic articles and writing for a wider audience in popular media
  • what do you lose or gain when you write for a non-specialist readership
  • how much background do you need to provide
  • how do you identify and minimise jargon
  • what questions should you ask an editor before you begin?


Ms Linda Jaivin, Author, Essayist, Cultural Commentator and Journalist

Linda Jaivin has been writing about China for more than 35 years in publications ranging from newsweeklies to arts journals, general interest publications, newspapers, film magazines and more. She is also an editor of the China Story Yearbook (ANU Press), which aims to be accessible to the interested general reader as well as the specialist. Jaivin has also worked with several China-specialist academics to help edit their book manuscripts and PhD theses for publication, including Christopher Rea, and his book The Age of Irreverence, which won the 2017 Levenson Prize.

Dr Olivier Krischer, Acting Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Olivier is an art historian whose research regards the role of art theory and practice in modern and contemporary China-Japan relations, and more recently networks of artistic activism from Hong Kong and across East Asia. Prior to joining the Centre, Olivier was a Visiting Fellow in the Institute for Modern History, at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU.



Thursday 6 June 2019 from 2pm to 4pm


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