Meeting Expectations, Understanding Conventions and Building a Better Writing Process
Length and Cost
Duration and Scheduling: Two 1.5-hour sessions Instructor and Materials Fee: $750 Registration Fee Per Participant: $325
Duration: One 3-hour session Instructor and Materials Fee: $750 Registration Fee Per Participant: $325
Virtual Workshops During COVID-19
Currently, we are only offering virtual workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To check on the status of on-site workshop options, or for any other questions, please email program director Jessica McCaughey at [email protected].
This foundational course introduces students to the field of professional communication, with an emphasis on “learning how to learn” new forms of writing. Participants will learn to focus first on audience and purpose, and discussions will emphasize persuasive writing strategies and rhetorical appeals. Students will be introduced to a variety of workplace writing genres and be asked to consider various professional writing contexts within corporate, nonprofit and government settings, as they learn to situate their own current and future work within common workplace parameters. The class will contemplate what makes “good” workplace writing, from concision to structure to visual readability.
The workshop will also ask participants to evaluate their writing process and offer them techniques and tools to develop more effective practices in planning, including pre-writing and outlining; gathering feedback; revising; editing; and proofreading. Finally, the workshop offers strategies for adapting an “ideal” writing process to a realistic one in inevitable times of extremely limited turnaround.
In this workshop, participants will learn to:
Identify common rhetorical situations for professional communication
Rhetorically evaluate a variety of professional writing texts
Identify and practice developing common workplace writing genres
Conform to typical workplace writing standards and expectations
Identify the key elements of an effective writing process
Articulate the distinctions between higher and lower level concerns and
prioritize when necessary
Generate strategies for success in each stage of their writing process,
regardless of project turn-around time
Evaluate their writing process and work to modify it to better serve their writing
needs and strengths and their organizational situation
Demonstrate how this modified process might be enacted in various writing