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.

Required textbook:

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

 

This course can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Professional Communication.

 

Course Format

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

Available Sessions

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Oct 24-Nov 28, 2017 | Tue | 5:00pm-7:30pm | UBC Robson Square | $360.00

Format: In-Class
Code: AW106F17A
Offered: On Tue
Oct 24-Nov 28, 2017
6 sessions
From: 5:00pm-7:30pm

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$360.00 $0.00 $360.00

Nov 7-Dec 15, 2017 | Online | $360.00

Format: Online
Code: AW106F17O
Nov 7-Dec 15, 2017

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$360.00 $0.00 $360.00

Feb 20-Mar 30, 2018 | Online | $360.00

Format: Online
Code: AW106W18O
Feb 20-Mar 30, 2018

1nstructor: Deborah Blenkhorn


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$360.00 $0.00 $360.00

Jun 19-Jul 27, 2018 | Online | $370.00

Format: Online
Code: AW106S18P
Jun 19-Jul 27, 2018

1nstructor:


Fees / Tuition

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$370.00 $0.00 $370.00

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