Basic writing modules

Each basic writing module lasts between one and one-and-a-half hours. They can be combined into half-day, one-day and two-day courses.

  1. Writing v. speaking

    It’s so much easier to communicate in person than in writing. Once you appreciate why this is so, you can take the necessary steps to make your writing understandable at first glance.

  2. Planning your writing

    Some people call it editorial strategy. I just say “Before you write, think: Why am I writing this? Who is it for? and What is it about?” This simple tip will help you avoid many of the pitfalls involved in any kind of writing.

  3. Choosing the right words

    I give you exercises, based on your own material, to help you look critically at the meaning of the words you use and help you choose the best ones to say what you mean.

  4. Using fewer words

    Take a pruning knife to your text. It’s surprising how many words and phrases you can get rid of once you start looking critically at your copy.

  5. Breaking out of jargon

    It’s hard to avoid jargon and waffle when you see it all around you, but your readers will thank you for using simple language that anyone can understand. I will give you the confidence to stand out in the crowd.

  6. Understanding grammar

    Grammar frightens a lot of people, but it really helps to understand how to put words together in a way that ensures that your meaning is clear. I will take you through the basics: nouns, verbs and so on; and show you how to structure a good sentence.

  7. Punctuating

    Don’t get hung up on misplaced apostrophes or commas. I’ll remind you how useful good punctuation marks are and encourage you to take a practical approach to punctuating your text.

  8. Proofreading

    Proofreading is a special skill and a separate exercise from editing. I will give you tips and techniques for making sure that mistakes don’t spoil your copy and make you look unprofessional.

If you would like me to tailor a course for you, contact me.