Pam Hurley, PHD

The Podcast

Empowering professionals to write with skill and confidence
 The Podcast


Hurley Write, Inc. develops and teaches customized onsite and online writing courses: "Exceptional Technical Writing," "Better Business Writing," "Effective Writing for Engineers," "Writing Fundamentals," "Scientific Writing," and "Writing the Scientific Manuscript." We also write and edit technical and scientific documents and grants.


Writing Usable Documents

Sep 26, 2014 00:02:39


Discusses the importance of usable documents and how to ensure usability in your documents.

Can Great Thinkers be Turned into Great Writers?

Sep 26, 2014 00:01:54


Discusses three easy steps to help your team of problem-solvers become better writers.

Ask an Expert: Why does My Team Come to Me with the Same Writing Questions?

Sep 26, 2014 00:02:46


Discusses two ways to standardize documents and eliminate answering the same questions about writing.

Yahoo's Work from Home Policy wasn't Well-Received; Could Better Communication have Helped?

Sep 26, 2014 00:02:25


Discusses the vague statements Yahoo! made in its memo to employees about the change it was making to its work-from-home policy.

7 Simple Ways to Tighten Up Business Communications

Sep 26, 2014 00:02:51


Learn seven easy-to-implement strategies that will help you write more concise, precise business communications.

Effective Prewriting Strategies

Dec 12, 2013 00:02:04


Discusses four prewriting strategies.

Eight Pointers for Producing a Helpful Peer Review

Dec 12, 2013 00:02:04


Provides eight easy-to-implement techniques for a successful peer review.

Eight Tips for Creating a Corporate Style Guide

Dec 12, 2013 00:02:32


Discusses eight tips for creating a corporate style guide.

Do's and Don'ts of Effective and Professional Email Communication

Dec 12, 2013 00:02:06


Discusses several tips for writing more effective emails.

The Importance of Having a Communication Plan in Place

Dec 12, 2013 00:02:29


Discusses an article that illustrates the importance of internal and external communication on ROI (return on investment).

Shorter versus Longer Sentences

Aug 15, 2013 00:03:24


Discusses when and how to use shorter versus longer sentences.

Style Guides--What, Why, and How

Aug 15, 2013 00:03:12


Discusses what a style guide is, how they can be created, and how staff should be trained to use them.

Does Your Writing Project Laziness?

Aug 15, 2013 00:03:35


Discusses George Orwell's essay, "The Politics of Language" and how lazy thinking is reflected when writers don't take the time plan their document and the words they'll use.

Email Writing Tips

Aug 14, 2012 00:01:14


This provides a few simple tips for writing effective emails.

Good Writing Essential in All Fields

Feb 10, 2012 00:04:11


Discusses the idea that good writing is essential in all fields and that professionals use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills when they write. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

Topic Sentences in Technical and Scientific Writing

Jan 18, 2012 00:01:43


Discusses the importance of topic sentences in technical and scientific documents, both for readers and writers. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

How to make writing more concise and precise

Jan 18, 2012 00:01:55


Discusses how changing verbs into nouns can make writing wordy and less concise. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

Writing and Planning

Jan 18, 2012 00:01:33


Discusses what writers need to know about their readers in terms of planning the document. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

Good Writing Skills can Advance your Career

Jan 18, 2012 00:02:01


Discusses research about the relationship between poor writing skills and lack of promotion and advancement. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

Six steps to writing an effective abstract

Jan 18, 2012 00:02:16


Discusses steps to write an effective abstract, one of which is completing your paper before you begin to summarize your work. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer.

E Factor: Effective Writing Yields Results

Jan 18, 2012 00:01:53


Discusses how scientists and other technical experts can use their skillset of critical thinking skills to write effective content. Visit us at to find out more about how you can become a better writer

Four Bs of Writing

Dec 22, 2011 00:02:02


Discusses brevity, clarity, active voice, and honesty in writing.

Reducing Noise in Writing

Dec 22, 2011 00:01:24


Discusses what "noise" is in writing and how writers can help reduce it.

How to Reduce Writing Time

Dec 22, 2011 00:02:59


Discusses planning strategies writers can use to reduce time spent writing.

Writing as problem solving

Dec 22, 2011 00:03:16


This podcast discusses how approaching writing as problem-solving can make writing easier.

Can effective writing be taught

Dec 22, 2011 00:03:20


This podcast discusses if writing can be taught.

Technical Writing: Being succinct

Nov 19, 2011 00:01:53


Discusses how using the real verb in technical and scientific writing can make writing more succinct and impactful.

Technical and scientific writing: active and passive voice

Nov 19, 2011 00:02:50


Discusses when to use active and passive voice.

Technical and Scientific Writing: Ensuring Readability

Nov 19, 2011 00:03:47


Provides tips to enhance the readability of technical and scientific documents. Discusses concrete and abstract language, using positive phrasing, and other tips.