Writing Well: Style

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

  • Eliminate redundancy

  • 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.

Recommended textbook:

  • Williams, Joseph M. Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace, Canadian Edition



Course Format

This course is offered in two formats: 100% online or in-class.

Available Sessions

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Nov 6-Dec 14, 2018 | Online | $370.00

Format: Online
Code: AW106F18O
Nov 6-Dec 14, 2018

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$370.00 $0.00 $370.00

Feb 19-Mar 26, 2019 | Tue | 5:00pm-7:30pm | UBC Robson Square | $370.00

Format: In-Class
Code: AW106W19A
Offered: On Tue
Feb 19-Mar 26, 2019
6 sessions
From: 5:00pm-7:30pm

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$370.00 $0.00 $370.00

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