How to Write Short and Well

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March 01, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
How to Write Short and Well
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
March 01, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

This Webinar goes hand-in-hand with The Powerful Effects of Short Writing where you'll learn the strategy of when and where to write short.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are times when a few well-chosen words are worth a thousand pictures.

The Hippocratic Oath, the 23rd Psalm, a Shakespeare sonnet, the Gettysburg Address – add them all together, and they total fewer than a thousand words.

This one-hour Webinar will show you how to write short. You'll learn basic and advanced approaches to making every word count. This skill will help you tackle writing everything from emails and text messages, websites and blogs, to Facebook and Twitter.

This Webinar goes hand-in-hand with The Powerful Effects of Short Writing on April 26, 2012, in which you'll learn the strategy of when and where to write short.

Buy these two Webinars together and get 30 percent off. Learn more

What Will I Learn:
  • How to figure out what to include in a short text – and what to leave out
  • Why good reporting is critical for short writing
  • How to attract readers to a short report or story – and how to move them to the end
  • Why it's important to hold high standards when writing in short forms
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who needs to communicate effectively across media platforms and wants to use the most reliable tools for writing short and well.

Course Instructor:

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter's NewsU The Writer's Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces, companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers and mobile app Help! for Writers. He is part of the one-day workshop, The Writing Process, offered through Poynter's NewsU. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on Poynter.org. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

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