In every profession, effective written communication is heavily valued. One’s ability to clearly, concisely, vividly, and convincingly inform or persuade different audiences is a skill essential to successful collaboration, partnerships, and business operations. Yet confidently composing an error-free, cohesive paragraph, a direct yet detailed e-mail, or a tonally appropriate memorandum can be a challenge.
In this writing workshop, participants will engage in hands-on, interactive activities and lessons to sharpen their rhetorical, composition, and technical writing skills. This class will focus on both larger issues in writing – rhetorical situations, paragraph building, e-mails and memoranda, and ethos construction – and small level details like concision and brevity, voice and style, grammar, mechanics, and punctuation.
The goal of this workshop is to strengthen your confidence as academic and professional writers for any situation.
- Attendees will learn about the components of a rhetorical situation and how it can be used for analyzing every act of communication.
- Attendees will practice use of the rhetorical situation through an analysis and composition role play activity.
- Attendees will review and learn grammatical and mechanical lessons, including but not limited to commas, independent clauses, run on sentences and fragments, dangling modifiers, and appropriate formal diction.
- Attendees will test their skills in a grammar review activity.
- Attendees will strengthen proofreading abilities and utilize them to self-assess their use of standard American English conventions and proper grammar and mechanics.
- Attendees will learn the most common grammatical mistakes to avoid.
- Attendees will learn the principles of concision and how to avoid wordiness in writing.
- Attendees will complete a concision and directness activity to apply their skills.
- Attendees will review their abilities in composing e-mails, memos, and other professional documents.
- Attendees will revise and reflect on how these writings can be strengthened based on knowledge of rhetorical situation, grammar and mechanics, and concision.