Good writing can be easy to recognize – but not so simple to deconstruct. What are the elements of writing that make it clear, concise, and meaningful? How do you produce writing that is not only correct, but also emphatic and elegant?
If you strive for clarity and elegance in your writing, techniques and devices can be learned and practised. In Writing Well: Style, acquire these strategies without sacrificing meaning:
Use characters and actions in a sentence
Adapt the active voice
Cut out deadwood from your writing
Create dynamic beginnings and endings to your sentences and paragraphs while ensuring flow and rhythm.
Throughout the course, learn to recognize style by identifying strengths and weaknesses in writing. Through exercises, in-class discussion, and critiques of your own writing, focus on a new technique each lesson. Finish the course by discussing the ethics of style and the use of plain language.
View a sample outline for the course. This outline is for the online course, but the same material is covered in the face-to-face course.
- Williams, Joseph M. Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace, Canadian Edition
This course can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Professional Communication.
This course is offered in two formats: 100% online or in-class.