New Writing Course following in the path of great writing course:
Plain& Simple! Document Writing (PSDW)
New course coming in 2017!
Write clear, concise analytical documents readily understood
by the average reader; effectively communicate technical and scientific
information to a variety of audiences.
Focus on writing documents pertinent to the work you do. Designed
for natural resource professionals who are involved in preparing
NEPA documents, biological assessments/evaluations, and other
types of analytical documents, but open to everyone. During
the workshop participants will edit their documents, leaving with
improved products. Participants also leave with a "short
book" of what they learned at the workshop.
You take home ...
- Edited products
- Network of fellow writers (bounce future writings off of each other)
- Digital summarizing the workshop
- Internet Resources
Paying Tuition: Pay per vendor's instruction as listed on their website. Paying with Purchase Card/Credit Card to vendor is standard procedure.
Dropping from the Workshop: TBD
Writing Style: You will write, re-write and edit sections of a document(s) during the workshop. You will edit your document and fellow participant documents. Please bring a laptop.
Graduate Credit: None.
What to Bring:
- The document you are writing, re-writing and editing - in electronic format; an EA, an EIS, a regulation, a bio-appendix
to an EA, et cetera. This is about skills and techniques. Obviously
in an electronic format as you will edit it on your laptop computer.
- Laptop computer for editing examples; Pen and paper for note taking
- "Down time" material (i.e., additional document sections, good book)
- Picture Identification (for getting in the Regional Office)
You will have considerable time to work with the instructor and participants (as well as by yourself). Be sure you have everything you will need, so you can get as much accomplished as possible (before heading home where the alligators are waiting to resume nibbling).
From the original instructor ..."This
really is a kind of science of writing workshop and so
I tried to capture that idea in a short passage...
example, there is this really neat pattern of grammatical elements
to the declarative sentence. The various grammatical elements
go in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 order. You don't always
need all of them, but they must go in the 1 to 12 sequence. So,
you can have 3,4,5,10. But you can't have 5, 3, 2, 10, 9. (You
can do 5,3,2,10,9 in French or Italian, but not in English.) If
you get them out of sequence, you lose clarity (and you can precisely
quantify the potential for clarity loss based on measurements
you can do with a ruler in class). If you know the sequence, then
you can quickly check to see whether your sentences are in the
right order. And the issue of "right order" is not a
matter of personal preference -- there are very strong statistical
relationships between the sequence and reader preceptions of "clarity."
You just learn 12-pattern by trial and error if you write, say,
1000 pages a year. But you can learn it systematically in a very
short time. Once you learn it, you can instantly spot sentence
structure problems and fix them -- you just put the problem item
back into the numerical slot where it belongs. Or, you learn how
to move 2's to the 4 position by changing their form. . . and
so forth. It's amazingly simple and it means you don't have to
think your way out of problems.
I first show people this pattern, they generally look at me as
if I am crazy. Then they stumble about for a few hours trying
to learn it. And in about 2-3 hours they're talking in code --
"I've got too many 1's, so I'll move a 1 to the 12 position."
(1's and 12's are interchangeable, with minor adjustments). They
usually end up asking me why nobody ever taught them this in Freshman
English. It's the same question I had when I learned it."
Vendor: McMullin Training & Consulting - feel free to reach out to the vendor and share your interest in attending this training.
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