The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading

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December 07, 2011 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading
Originally Broadcast On:
December 07, 2011
Time Estimate:
One hour and 15 minutes

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It takes great skill to make a piece of writing simple, clear and direct. Anyone who has tried to read a legal document or a technical manual understands how jargon, clutter, numbers and acronyms can jumble together, undercutting meaning and frustrating even the avid reader.

The antidote to the poison of complexity is a quality of writing called “pace.” The writer, with the right strategies, can create a flow of information at just the right speed, so that readers learn what they need when they need it.

This Webinar will cover strategies all writers can use to make hard facts easy reading for a variety of audiences.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to use shorter words and sentences at the points of greatest complexity
  • How to use the tools of punctuation to create pace and space.
  • How to write in a way that moves the reader steadily through the material
  • How to write in a way that conveys not just meaning, but impact
  • How to translate jargon into plain English
  • How to understand the three important reasons for slowing down the reader
Who Should Take this Course:

Writers and editors looking to write complex information with clarity.

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 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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