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Writing with Clarity and Style

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online via Zoom,
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Have you ever encountered writing that frustrates you because of its lack of clarity? As you have read such prose, have you wondered if there are clearer and simpler ways to present the ideas? There probably are.In fact, there is a common saying in academia: “Good research often gets buried in bad writing.” In other words, innovative research and creative ideas may go unnoticed if presented in a style that confuses or frustrates the reader.

Avoiding such pitfalls is the goal of this workshop. During our time together, we will cover some strategies to strengthen your writing,including ways to make your writing clearer, more concise, and more cohesive(the latter a strategy frequently overlooked by academic writers but one that helps readers grasp the writer’s ideas effortlessly). These are the kinds of strategies that empower you as a writer—as a communicator in control of your message.

During the workshop, we will be doing some writing activities to apply the concepts presented. You may also want to have a piece of your own writing available so that you can identify where your own passages follow and don’t follow the principles of good style. 

Instructor: Bill Sewell has been a lecturer in the UC Davis University Writing Program since 2013, specializing in writing in the health professions, writing in business, and technical writing.Before getting into teaching, he worked as a technical writer and as a network technician, setting up networks and repairing digital equipment. He is also the Editor for Writing on the Edge, a journal dedicated to creative nonfiction about writing and teaching. He has long had an interest in prose style and has studied and practiced it extensively.

Sponsored by the University Writing Program: Writing Across the Curriculum Program and the GradPathways Institute for Professional Development.