The compiler above is anxious to make sure that the article is directed at both sexes, and that neither sex is offended by being ’left out’. I am in complete agreement that this is as it should be. However I have been puzzled for some time now as to how this is achieved. For instance, let me quote from the above:
“clichés so they can be avoided in his or her own works. If possible, it is always helpful to take reading classes in addition to writing classes so the writer can immerse himself or herself in literature.”
I find this style irritating in its awkwardness. It brings one up with a jolt. One's absorption in the subject matter is interrupted while we divert to the consideration of the various post-war equality obsessions.
Whatever happened to the very convenient and much more easily flowing possessive “their” as it used to be applied?
Such as - “can be avoided in their own works” - “writing classes so the writer can immerse themselves in literature” These words have always been intended and read as including all - even by a chimpanzee, if it could read. Personally, I think it is time we got back to this older usage. It is by far the better choice.