My name is Linda Aragoni.
For half a century, I’ve made my living by making big ideas simple.
I wrote technical texts for non-techies.
I wrote books on technical topics like steam turbine installation and drug interactions so that the guys in Indonesia with a screwdriver could install the steam turbine and the ex-blacksmith in upstate New York could pitch his company’s new drug to doctors.
I taught students who hated writing to write.
I taught students at five traditional colleges and three online ones to write straightforward expository prose by simplifying the process to eight strategies expressed in 33 words.
I shared my teaching tricks with other writing teachers.
I operated You-Can-Teach-Writing.com for five years, then closed it and distilled its 450 pages down to yctWriting.com. Now confine my academic work to yctWriting, this blog, and books about teaching writing. A second edition of The Writing Teacher’s ABCs is slated for publication in June. It will be available in print and ebook format.
I read and review vintage fiction.
To reassure English teachers that I wasn’t anti-fiction, I reviewed all the bestselling novels of the twentieth century at my blog GreatPenformances.
Scrapped: Books about how to visit in a nursing home.
I had drafts of two books of my planned series on how to visit in a nursing home series finished when the Covid 19 pandemic struck. Given how hard the pandemic has hit long-term care communities, I decided to abandon the project. I feat that by the time nursing homes get their act together, I’ll be too decrepit to operate a pencil.