WRITE SMART CORE PROGRAMS

 

Intro 1

How to Become a Smarter Writer by Playing Games
(A 99-minute video divided into 6 learning units)

Benjamin Franklin, the great American publisher and statesman, put it this way: “Games lubricate the body and the mind.”

In this free 99-minute video, you will learn how to improve your writing skills by being playful with sentence patterns (not by memorizing rules). You will also learn how top professional writers and editors use the fundamentals of grammar to communicate clearly and persuasively — in plain English.

No cost, no obligation

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Intro 1

How to Become a Smarter Writer by Playing Games
(A 99-minute video divided into 6 learning units)

Benjamin Franklin, the great American publisher and statesman, put it this way: “Games lubricate the body and the mind.”

In this free 99-minute video, you will learn how to improve your writing skills by being playful with sentence patterns (not by memorizing rules). You will also learn how top professional writers and editors use the fundamentals of grammar to communicate clearly and persuasively — in plain English.

No cost, no obligation

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Intro 2 Tying Ideas Together

Includes the 250-page Write Smart eBook —
with brain-building grammar games
and the 90-minute Tying Ideas Together video

Many well-educated people who speak correctly make lots of careless errors when they are writing. In the Write Smart eBook, you’ll find answers to hundreds of questions about how to express your ideas in sentences that are both easy to follow and thought provoking. That’s because the Write Smart 12-Step System provides practical explanations based on techniques used by skilled professional writers and editors in the publishing industry — techniques that you can apply to your own writing. Plus … you’ll be able to play dozens of stimulating grammar games.

The Intro 2 program also gives you unlimited access to the 90-minute Tying Ideas Together video, which focuses on the key words that good writers rely on to connect their ideas — and to create sentences that flow smoothly from one thought to the next. (Note: Overuse of words such as however, therefore, nevertheless, etc., will often produce long, boring sentences.) And what about punctuation? Learning the roles played by the key words will help you make smart, consistent punctuation decisions.

Now available for just $4.95!

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Prerequisite: How to Become a Smarter Writer video

Good Grammar

Perfect Punctuation

Smart Sentences

The Fundamentals of Clear Communication
(A 6-hour video divided into 24 learning units)

Most good writers, like successful athletes and accomplished musicians, need to learn and practice a series of fundamental patterns. Research has demonstrated that we develop our skills through the repetition of specific learning activities.

This comprehensive 6-hour program (two 3-hour videos) will walk you through the Write Smart 12-Step System, one step at a time. By playing games with words and patterns, your understanding of the organization of the English language will improve dramatically. In the process, you will learn how to use this understanding to create sentences that are concise, logical, and interesting.

Includes a copy of the 250-page Write Smart eBook — plus access to the brain-training grammar games — for each participant.

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Prerequisite: Tying Ideas Together

(Want this course on-site? Contact Write Smart for details.)

Writing That Works

(A 6-hour, interactive, online program)

Once you have become familiar with the organizing principles of English and the fundamental punctuation practices covered in the Write Smart video series, you are ready to move on to developing a smooth, persuasive style.

The Writing That Works program is not a video. In this lively, interactive online course, divided into three 2-hour segments, we will focus on specific problem areas:

  • Breaking bad writing habits and developing new ones.
  • Avoiding ambiguous language.
  • Writing concise sentences, not choppy sentences.
  • Creating seamless transitions.
  • Knowing when to use parallel construction.
  • Coming up with strong introductions and solid conclusions.

Includes all of the materials from the previous courses — plus a 3-hour video, The Right Word: 21st Century Standard Usage.

Includes a copy of the 250-page Write Smart eBook — plus access to the brain-training grammar games — for each participant.

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Prerequisite: Good Grammar • Perfect Punctuation • Smart Sentences

(Want this course on-site? Contact Write Smart for details.)

How to Edit Your First Draft

(A 6-hour, interactive, online program)

Why is the typical magazine article easy to follow, while so many reports (letters, email and text messages, résumés, proposals, legal documents, student compositions, computer manuals, government regulations, etc.) are tedious and muddled? The answer can be summed up in a single word: editing.

First-rate publications hire skilled professional editors to clean up the careless errors that most writers make. But if you can’t afford to hire an editor, you have to learn how to be your own editor. In this stimulating, interactive 6-hour online program (three 2-hour segments), you will have an opportunity to apply all of the techniques covered in the four videos and the Writing That Works course.

The emphasis is on cutting your message down to size — getting rid of long-winded explanations that produce a boring writing style. You will find new ways to put some life into dull sentences and create an engaging, conversational tone.

Includes all of the materials from the previous courses — plus hands-on editing and the 26-page Write Smart Editorial Checklist.

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Prerequisite: Writing That Works

(Want this course on-site? Contact Write Smart for details.)

 

More Write Smart Courses — Plus Editorial Support

Individualized Coaching: Writing and Editing

This online program provides individualized instruction for one person or small groups, with writing assignments targeted to meet the specific needs of the participants. In each 2-hour class, we will focus on applying the practical techniques (sentence structure, grammatical relationships, punctuation, usage, and style) used by skilled professional writers and editors in the publishing industry.

Includes three Write Smart videos, the 250-page Write Smart eBook, and the 26-page Write Smart Editorial Checklist – plus unlimited access to the online Grammar Games.

Flexible scheduling available – $90/hour.  (For five participants, that would come to $18/hour each.)

 

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Write Smart Workshops: Ongoing Writing and Editing Sessions

Online workshops for people who have completed the How to Edit Your First Draft program, and who want to continue upgrading their skills. The focus in each 2-hour session is on applying time-tested techniques and strategies to your own writing or to editing the work of others.

 

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Editorial Support

Extension of the Write Smart program — close editing of day-to-day writing assignments: everything from student compositions to legal documents to government reports to scientific and technical manuals.

 

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Group Discounts

for

Students
Educators
Business • Government • Nonprofit Organizations

Discount rates now available for groups of
10 or more participants in the 12-hour online program

Writing That Works

PLUS

How to Edit Your First Draft

For details, send an email to
information@writesmart.org

 

 

 

 

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