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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Treatises

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I found this way to busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, is writing genres.

This genre:



a formal and systematic written discourse on some subject, generally in greater depth than an essay and more concerned with investigating the principles of the subject 

Tipsa to z

  1. This can be as simple as written instructions on some topic of great depth and importance.
  2. It must be written in a way that exposes it to examination–or peer review.
  3. It must be formal with everything that includes. It would never be written as a text message, an email, a Tweet, or via pictures.
  4. It must be systematic, meaning orderly, logical, and easy to examine by those interested.
  5. It must be comprehensive–complete in its scope with all questions answered.
  6. It should be revolutionary in nature, on a topic or a twist to a topic that is not expected but fully supported by logic and principle.

Popular Books

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  2. Euclid’s Elements by Euclid
  3. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  4. Discourse on the Method by Rene Descartes
  5. Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  6. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  7. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More T Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall/Winter 2021. 

51 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Treatises

  1. Treatise as a genre. Never crossed my mind. I shall not attempt to write a treatise especially during this time of COVID. My mind can’t focus very well as it is. This would be a challenge. I think I’ll save your book selections for a winter read in the future. I do like reading formal, logical and intellectual books. Exercises my brain matter. Twitter Novel? Seriously? I never heard of a novel on Twitter, however, I am not a tweeter. Thanks for expanding my world.
    JQ Rose

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  2. P.S. I have read Alex de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” a few decades back and believe it would be considered a treatise. In any event, I recommend it as required reading for every adult in America. I will read it again… It is timely!

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  3. Hi Jacqui – crumbs … a reading list and a half – but if you’re going to write one – then it is definitely something one wants to have some intelligence about.

    It’s a great genre – not one I’d have picked up … so excellent to read – thanks … all the best – Hilary

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