Writing concisely


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Bob Bolitho 11 Oct 2017 Wednesday 9am-5pm 1 day $695 Enrolments closed Join our mailing list

Thoughtful writers quickly grasp which facts meet readers’ needs, before presenting them in concise, well-structured documents that realise their defined purpose. This course highlights 10 practices for transforming wordy drafts into concise finals.

Course outline

How wordiness results from:

  • poor understanding of the writing task
  • prepositional phrases
  • unnecessary nouns
  • empty or overworked modifiers
  • redundant expressions
  • repetition
  • expletives
  • subordinate clauses
  • failure to distinguish between the relevant and the irrelevant
  • unstructured paragraphs

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • evaluate the writing task
  • know when to delete for conciseness and when to retain for clarity
  • structure unified paragraphs that emphasise key ideas and avoid overwriting
  • provide better quality information to decision makers
  • recognise word patterns that create wordiness
  • appreciate the importance of good written communication skills in the workplace

Who should enrol

All workplace writers, especially government employees writing to meet the information needs of their readers when conciseness is a priority.

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