Roslyn Petelin

I'm an associate professor in writing at The University of Queensland, where I teach in the award-wining post-graduate program in Writing, Editing, and Publishing that I designed and established in 2000. I have also taught writing and speech communication at the Queensland University of Technology and at Cornell University. I edited the Australian Journal of Communication from 1988-2013 and co-wrote The Professional Writing Guide: Writing Well and Knowing Why with Marsha Durham and Professional Communication: Principles and Applications with Peter Putnis. Allen and Unwin recently published my latest book, How Writing Works: A Field Guide to Effective Writing. I have presented writing and editing workshops in London, New York, and Hong Kong, as well as in Australia, and consult on corporate writing to international organisations.

Recent blog posts by this author

Love Your Grammar, But Don't Be Obnoxious

This week, the financial press reported the downfall of a high-profile grammar pedant, Professor Paul Romer, the World Bank’s chief economist, who was hoist(ed) with his own pedantic petard. He is being replaced as head of the bank’s research arm...

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Portland-based company Oakhurst Dairy will potentially owe $10 million to 75 milk-truck drivers in the US state of Maine because of a missing comma in a legal clause. Last week, Judge David J. Barron upheld an appeal in a class-action lawsuit,...