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.
This session is facilitated by Pat Scanlon, Department Chair, Professional and Technical Communication