Take Your Writing From Good to Great
with Jennie Nash
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01 Class Introduction: Why Your Writing is Falling Flat08:50
Class duration: 1h 23mSee all 7 lessons
About The Class
Learn the Process of Self-Editing So All Your Writing Has the Intended Effect
For most professionals, writing is a major part of their work. Every day they write emails, cover letters, presentations, proposals, speeches and memos—all of which are needed to accomplish a specific goal. But if the writing is flat, fuzzy and unfocused, chances are the piece won’t have the desired impact.
What makes writing truly effective? It’s not about the grammar, word choices or sentence structure. It’s about being able to step back from the work and think like an editor. In this class, book and writing coach Jennie Nash will teach you the five key self-editing skills you need to take any piece of writing from good to great.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Figure out why your writing is falling flat.
- Build revision into your writing process.
- Take off your writer’s hat to assess the big picture.
- Get into your reader’s head.
- Test the logic of your argument.
- Consider issues of voice, pacing and authority.
- Listen to your words as if they were a song on the radio.
Class Introduction: Why Your Writing is Falling Flat08:50
Good Editing Takes Your Work from Good to Great25:59
Know Your Purpose, Own Your Power09:20
Take Off Your Writer’s Hat13:41
Get Into Your Reader’s Head05:10
Test the Logic of Your Argument03:52
Listen to Your Words17:02
How to Get Perspective Handout
Words Are a Renewable Resource
100% of students recommend this class.
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Great class! Jennie gave helpful, specific tips to elevate your writing. She showed several examples of weak writing and how to make them shine. I loved how she said, "Let yourself be a practicer." This idea that good writing takes tons of practice and we have to be okay throwing words out. I also loved the tips of getting into the reader's head as well as our character's head. We have to always be thinking and asking did we get our point onto the page? How can we make it clear to the reader.
Jennie Nash is a great speaker, and I really liked the Q&A part of this class. I wish even more time could be left for questions, because the audience members seemed as a very advanced group of writers and their questions were helping to clarify the lessons. This class would be very helpful to those who have arguments and points to make and not just write for the sake of writing (for themselves and their narrow community of writer-friends). There was also a moment when Nash mentioned her dislike of "writing groups." I would love to hear more about that. I wish this training would be given to students of writing BEFORE they are asked to write anything as these are "higher order" type of lessons that the professional writing community often shuns to raise because they are actually very hard to address.
Clear, specific, and pragmatic advice on what to ask of your writing - having the perspective of an editor. Jennie Nash is engaging and natural in delivering her content and uses helpful examples to illustrate her points.
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