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If you would like to be notified about upcoming classes, please consider joining one or more of the following groups on Meetup.com:

Please note that, unlike the Self-Editing and How to Revise Your Book workshops, the Effective Business Writing workshop is scheduled at the request of a business or organization and then held onsite.

 

Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay a Pro to Do the Rest

This is a workshop on editing your own writing. Whether you’re just getting starting with writing or have already published, you’ll get tips that will enable you to improve your writing craft, improve the quality of your written work, and save money on editing. You’ll do short exercises in session and then practice on your own during the break between the two sessions of this workshop. Topics covered include the following:

  • Journey of a manuscript
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue: realism, formatting, and punctuation
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Characterization and world building
  • Punctuation and grammar tips
  • Publishing law

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive discounts on future services
  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides
  • One lucky participant will receive a free book related to self-editing

Open for Registration:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own), Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806 (map)

Price: $120
Special Offer: $75
The information covered in the two sessions is cumulative, so please attend both.
To sign up, click here.

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own), TheraVista, 263 Brickyard Point Road South, Beaufort, SC 29907 (map)

Price: $120
Special Offer: $75
Early-bird Offer: Sign up and pay by June 30th, and pay only $59 (save $16)!
The information covered in the two sessions is cumulative, so please attend both.
To sign up, click here. On that page, click on the date (29) on the calendar picture and then choose Continue to go through the registration and payment process.

Past Dates:

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Saturday, February 18, 2 pm–4 pm, Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 (map)

Future Dates:

  • TBD—Additional dates will almost always on Saturdays, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own)

Price: $120
Special Offer: $75
Early-bird pricing may be available.

Additional sites and videoconferencing are planned for future dates.

Click here for testimonials from participants in past classes.

How to Revise Your Book: The Book Architecture Method

Are you stuck in a revising loop or even having trouble getting started? Learn the Book Architecture Method, developed by Stuart Horwitz, a framework for taking a draft, breaking it into component scenes, identifying the threads that weave through it, discovering its theme, and putting it back together into a better whole. You’ll do short exercises in session and then practice during the break between the two sessions of this workshop.

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive discounts on future services
  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides
  • One lucky participant will receive a free book by Stuart Horwitz

Open for Registration:

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own), Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 (map)

Price: $120
Special Offer: $75
Early-bird Offer: Sign up and pay by June 15th, and pay only $59 (save $16)!
The information covered in the two sessions is cumulative, so please attend both.
To sign up or get more information about the workshop, email me.

Future Dates:

  • TBD—Additional dates will almost always be on a Saturday, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own)

Additional sites and videoconferencing are planned for future dates.

Effective Business Writing: A Key Skill for Success

Business professionals spend a lot of time writing, but they may never have received proper training in business writing. Your ability to write affects—positively or negatively—how you and your company are perceived. By improving your writing, you will make a better impression on others, prevent misunderstandings, save time and money, and increase your chances of success. Don’t let a lack of writing skills prevent your company and employees from reaching their full potential.

In this workshop, the instructor teaches general principles of effective business writing that can be applied to any form of business writing—from simple emails to complex reports:

  • Be clear, concise, and specific
  • Know your audience and your goal
  • Make it easy for the reader
  • Conquer writer’s block
  • Check your punctuation and grammar
  • Choose your words and tone carefully
  • Tailor your approach to the form of writing
  • Edit and proofread

The participants will do short exercises during the workshop.

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides
  • Each business or organization that offers this workshop to its employees will receive a complimentary copy of a free book about business writing

Caveat: This is not a course in English as a second language. English does not need to be the participant’s first language, but he or she must speak and write English fluently

How to Schedule:

  • To schedule the workshop onsite at your business or organization or learn more, email me.
  • The 5-hour workshop can be conducted all in one day, with either a coffee break or a lunch break in the middle, or split across two days.
  • Price: $150
    Special Offer: $99 per person if at least three participants
  • If you would like to provide this workshop for fewer than three participants, email me for alternate pricing.

Click here to download the flyer for the workshop