On this sample writing course, we focus on a few simple themes, such as:
- Write for your reader, not for yourself.
- Decide what you want to achieve.
- Organise your thoughts.
- Simplify your language.
- Make it look easy to read.
Two half-day sessions might look like this:
|Session 1 – Write with purpose, consider your reader|
|What am I trying to achieve?||Define your purpose.|
|Who will read this?||Avoid jargon. Use fewer words.|
|How do I ensure they get the message?||Write in the active not the passive.|
|How can I improve what I’ve written?||Use more verbs. Construct strong, simple sentences.|
|Are my grammar and punctuation correct?||Allow time for editing|
|Session 2 – Organise your information, make it look easy to read|
|Look critically at a piece of writing.||Plan your writing.|
|Plan a new document.||Structure your information.|
|Write the content.||Put space between paragraphs.|
|For a long piece, write a summary.|
|Format it to make it easy to read.||Guide your reader with headings and subheadings.|