Friday, February 2, 2018

The Latest Issue of The Scrivener is Now Available

Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers--has published the latest issue of The Scrivener, the organization's newsletter. Of particular interest in the current issue is a collection of "practical, old-fashioned advice on writing from famous fiction writers" that were reworked for legal writers. Here are some of the gems collected in that column:

  • Isaac Bashevis Singer: "The delete key is the author's best friend."
  • Ernest Hemingway: "The hard part of legal writing is finishing it."
  • Elmore Leonard: "I try to leave out the parts that judges skip."
  • Ambros Bierce: "The first and last pages of a brief are too far apart."

Click here to see the Winter 2018 edition of The Scrivener. The editor is Professor Maureen Collins of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Scribes will hold its next national CLE program at The John Marshall Law School on April 13, 2018.


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The column’s author acknowledged that the advice was “reworked.” Hemingway wasn’t actually talking about legal writing, nor Leonard about judges. Fun stuff nevertheless.

Posted by: Otto stockmeyer | Feb 3, 2018 6:25:12 AM

Isaac has the point. This seems funny but so true.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 19, 2018 3:11:53 AM

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