About Charlie Euchner

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
—Ernest Hemingway

Charles Euchner is an author and teacher. Educated at Vanderbilt University (B.A.) and the Johns Hopkins University (M.A., Ph.D.), Euchner has worked in a wide range of fields—journalism, publishing, higher education, city planning.

In 2009, Euchner set out on a mission: To identify every skill writers need to write well in all fields. By “reverse-engineering” some of the best writing from antiquity to modern times, he found more than 100. Then he organized them into a coherent system, which would be easy—and fun—to learn and apply. The result is The Writing Code, the most powerful writing system anywhere.

From this work, Euchner has produced a whole library of books on writing. These works include the comprehensive The Big Book of Writing and a complete set of shorter “minis.”

Euchner has written or edited acclaimed books on the civil rights movement (Nobody Turn Me Around), the sports industry (Playing the Field), urban affairs (Urban Policy Reconsidered, with Steven McGovern), baseball (The Last Nine Innings and Little League, Big Dreams), political and social movements (Extraordinary Politics), and regional policy (editor of the Governing Greater Boston series), and presidential elections (Selecting the President, with John Anthony Maltese).

Career Highlights

    • Writing leader and coach: Creator of The Writing Code, with seminars in ten states and the District of Columbia
    • Author and editor: Twelve books and counting, as well as hundreds of articles and reports
    • Documentary film writer: Winner of award for best writing at ReIMAGE Film Festival
    • Yale University: Visiting instructor in writing
    • Harvard University: Executive Director, Rappaport Institute
    • Northeastern University: Researcher and administrator
    • Public speaker: Major associations, universities, and festivals across the U.S.
    • City of Boston: Director of citywide planning process
    • Holy Cross College, St. Mary’s College, University of Pennsylvania: Professor of political scienc
    • Education Week: Staff writer