Kurt Vonnegut once said that literature shouldn’t ‘disappear up its own asshole’. Neither should a feature article, really—or a social media caption, or a web page, or an email. Which is a long-winded way of saying that all good writing is the same in important ways.
Thanks, Kurt. But how? Working through the process from first thoughts to final edits, Write Right explores the bad and thinks about the good. The course structure suggests a process for planning, drafting and editing that confronts both the obvious and the less-examined barriers to good writing.
1. Know why you’re saying something
Ideas, objectives and readers
2. Find something to say
Nuggets, images and originality
3. Be okay with saying it
Tone, cliché, formality and jargon
4. Say it
Structure, openers and the first draft
5. Say it with style
Style guides, consistency and common decisions
6. Grammar and punctuation
Tips for good editing and active writing
A four-hour course for editorial freelancers, marketing copywriters, emailers and people who like thinking about writing. Classes are taught by top-gun writer, editor and worrier Penny Modra.