Rediscovering Plain English
Other Modules Available
Course Sponsors can also select from the following modules. Each module can range from 30 to 90 minutes, depending upon the amount of faculty discussion and hands-on exercises.
Writing Clear Prose
Techniques for producing clear, understandable prose in plain language
Strategies for reducing large amounts of information
Editing for Conciseness
Editing your work to get rid of deadwood that dulls the message
Softening and Sharpening Prose
How to turn the volume up or down on your prose, making its meaning softer or making it "pop"
Writing about Statistics
Report numerical data so readers can easily process the numbers and get the point
Communicating Technical Concepts to General Audiences
How to introduce technical concepts to non-expert readers
Using Visual Design to Reinforce Content
Simple, easy-to-implement guidelines for creating a format that helps readers process your message
Writing for the Ear
Tips for writing that will be heard, not read
Understanding Persuasion in Writing
How persuasion works with content, style, and design; and strategies for maximizing credibility and building relationships with readers
Types of writing
Short reports and memos
Social media - blogs, Twitter
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An experienced writer or editor teaches this course.
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