From emails and letters to blogs and press releases. From academic papers and reports to government briefings and corporate publications. Writing is key to communication. What is more, written communication can be read again and again, and gives the reader chance to reflect on the content. But it also opens the content up to a greater level of scrutiny. My workshops on effective writing in professional contexts help professionals to structure and draft their written work in clear, effective English.
My writing workshops involve a detailed needs analysis. I will analyse samples of writing from your organisation, using state-of-the-art linguistics (corpus analysis) software to examine common mistakes, structural issues and stylistic features. Your workshop Is then built around these real-life examples.
After attending a writing workshop, participants will have developed greater awareness of various features of effective (and ineffective!) English writing in professional contexts, and how these can be applied to their own text production, considering different genres, different purposes and different audiences.
Common grammatical and lexical errors in your writing.
Strategies for minimising awkward-sounding expressions.
Paragraph structure and sentence variety.
Techniques for reducing sentence length.
Avoiding dry-sounding English; being lively and engaging.
Exploration and production of different genres.
Written feedback on writing samples.
Individual and/or focus group research and needs-analysis.
Report on current writing skills in the organisation and ideas for further improvements.