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How to Improve Your Writing: Impact, Grammar and Editing

This one-day workshop is a must for people who write in the course of their work—whether it is letters, emails, reports, promotional materials, briefing notes or instructions. This workshop has two main topics: the principles of plain language writing, and grammar gremlins. Hands-on exercises will reinforce the learning that takes place in this enjoyable, high-energy session.
Facilitator: Fiona Prince
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

This workshop is designed to teach you the plain language principles that will help make your written communications easy to read and understand. Whether you want to improve your writing skills for informal emails and social media, or for more formal media, such as personal blogs and websites, this workshop will provide the tips and techniques needed to gain confidence in your writing.

Topics Covered:

  • Know your audience
  • Identify the purpose for your message
  • Get to the point and keep it simple
  • Adopt the 'you' perspective
  • Write in the active voice and keep it positive
  • Avoid jargon/technical terms and redundancy
  • Test the message
  • Improve your word power
  • Learn the parts of speech
  • Master sentence types
  • Undangle your modifiers
  • Seek agreement
  • Find and match the antecedents
  • Avoid fragments and run-on sentences
  • Punctuate with passion
  • Which, that and who - which one do I use?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover the benefits of plain language writing
  • Become familiar with and practice the key principles of plain language writing
  • Demystify grammar and punctuation rules
  • Identify key grammar and punctuation errors in their writing, and correct them
  • Have greater clarity and impact—guaranteed!