Becoming a More Effective Writer: Clarity and Organization (Fall 2020)

$429.00

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November 6, 2020– December 4, 2020

Becoming a More Effective Writer: Clarity and Organization (Fall 2020)

Build the reporting and writing habits you need to organize your information better and write more clearly.

Overview

  • Learn writing and organization techniques from Merrill Perlman, former copy chief at The New York Times
  • Participate in four hands-on, live video sessions and four live text chats with Perlman
  • Get one-on-one coaching and feedback on your work

$429.00

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will learn:

  • How to turn facts and data into stories that readers and viewers will love
  • Tools to help you write with clarity and power
  • Ways to zero in on potential problems that can lead to fuzzy writing
  • Strategies to identify pitfalls that keep you from writing concisely

$429.00

In stock

Overview

  • Learn writing and organization techniques from Merrill Perlman, former copy chief at The New York Times
  • Participate in four hands-on, live video sessions and four live text chats with Perlman
  • Get one-on-one coaching and feedback on your work
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This course is for anyone who wants to tell powerful, clearly organized stories — on deadline. Whether you write breaking news alerts, meeting summaries, scientific papers or business plans, you’ll come away from this four-week, intensive online course with the tools you need to deliver what your audience wants.

Be prepared to analyze your own writing. We’ll provide plenty of short and long writing examples to understand the various writing tools taught in this seminar. But ultimately we want you to be able to apply them to your writing right away.

Much like a traditional class, this online group seminar has readings, assignments, due dates and discussions. No formal evaluations or grades are given, but participants are provided detailed and individual feedback. Here’s what you can expect over the four weeks of the course:

Week 1: Basics of Good Organization

  • Why well-organized writing is not a random event
  • How to use the ‘Martini glass’ technique as an organizing tool
  • The power of time as an organizing tool
  • How to ‘box’ information to make sense of complex or simple stories
  • How questions and themes can provide the framework to deliver information simply and clearly

Week 2: Organization Strategies

  • The value of clear story organization
  • How to recognize the difference between well-organized and poorly-organized writing
  • The hurdles to good organization
  • Four strategies to organize information

Week 3: How to Write More Clearly

  • Keeping sentences simple
  • Red flags to be aware of
  • Identify flabby writing
  • Passages that don’t support story focus
  • Unneeded background
  • Using quotes

Week 4: Keeping Your Writing on Track

  • Driving readers forward, not backward
  • Reducing distractions in your writing
  • “Embedding” information invisibly
  • Ways to check your own work

This seminar unfolds over the course of four weeks. Each week, there will be self-directed lessons, assignments and discussions. You’ll also have the chance to participate in live sessions led by your instructor, Merrill Perlman.

Live video sessions:
Monday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. Eastern
Monday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. Eastern
Monday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. Eastern
Monday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. Eastern

Live text chats:
Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Eastern
Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. Eastern
Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. Eastern
Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. Eastern

Participants in this course should have a working computer and access to the internet. Designed in particular for writers who struggle with organizing their stories, especially on deadline, whether in print, online or for a broadcast audience, this course is for anyone who wants to tell powerful, clearly organized stories.

Instructors

  • Merrill Perlman
    Instructor
    Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and students, specializing in helping people communicate better through more effective writing and...
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