Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

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December 13, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
December 13, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Great content isn’t great if readers don’t understand it or abandon it because the writing is too complicated or verbose. Even when – especially when – it’s about complicated issues, news writing needs to be clear and easily understood. Writing often gets muddled, and sources aren’t always concise. Whether you’re an editor or editing your own writing, this Webinar will help you cut through clutter and let the content shine.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to get rid of redundancies
  • To condense prepositional phrases into single modifiers
  • How to use stronger verbs and nouns
  • How to make complicated sentences clearer
  • How to ensure that your writing flows smoothly
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, authors, editors, freelance writers, bloggers and anyone looking to refine their writing.

Course Instructor:

Lisa McLendon

Lisa McLendon is the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center in the University of Kansas journalism school, where she also teaches news writing and editing. She has worked as a copy editor at the Wichita Eagle and the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, and also serves as the conference vice president of the American Copy Editors Society.

Training Partner:

American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is a non-profit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

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