Writing Effectively, Concisely and Correctly

In this session, participants acquire easy-to-use tools for analyzing their audiences and fashioning effective, reader-centered documents; learn simple methods for writing powerful sentences, with strong verbs and appropriate syntax; learn a simple method for eliminating excess words and create leaner, more concise prose; and receive a brief refresher course on common grammar and usage problems.  The following topics are covered:

  • Developing Good Writing Habits—Basic Assumptions and Guidelines:  groupand individual analysis of a problem document; presentation and discussion of guidelines for good writing; discussion of audience analysis; illustration with revisions of a problem document
  • Using Simple Rules to Write Powerful Sentences:  group and individual analysis of a “fractured” sentence; review of simple rules for writing effective sentences
  • Trimming the fat from sentences:  an introduction to a simple method for writing concise sentences

    Writing correctly—a grammar and usage refresher:  review of common problems of grammar, mechanics and usage
  • Exercises:  a series of quick revisions of short problem texts

The workshop is a mix of presentation, discussion, and group and individual work on problem sentences and documents.  The emphasis is on participation. 

Facilitator Information: 

This session is facilitated by Pat Scanlon, department chair, Professional and Technical Communication

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Louise Slaughter Hall Room 2140

If you require interpreting services, please contact cpdcoop@rit.edu as soon as possible.