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It can be a challenge to develop and keep a crisp, clear writing style when we work in a culture where buzzwords abound, and complex and long-winded sentences seem to be the writing norm. Yet everyone appreciates writing that is clear and direct. It saves readers time and energy and leaves them free to concentrate on the message without distractions from fuzz or ambiguity. This two-day workshop gives you tools to help you write clearer, simpler, and more precise sentences without sacrificing content or becoming simplistic. It shows you how to identify and fix trouble spots that muddy meaning, cut out the words and phrases that serve no purpose, and fine tune the ones that do. It will help you develop good habits you can rely on to keep your writing clear and sharp.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sentence structure: what makes a sentence work, choosing structure that reinforces meaning
  • Sentence logic: diagnosing and fixing shifts, mixed constructions, and errors of sentence logic that make writing unclear
  • Clarity: rephrasing complicated, wordy, and unclear constructions, editing out ambiguous and vague pronouns
  • Precision: choosing precise and concrete words over empty and abstract ones
  • Punctuation: punctuating for accuracy and clarity
  • Individual focus: analyzing your own style and clearing up your problem areas


12 hours


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Melanie Sexton, Ph.D. is a seasoned and diversely experienced writing instructor. Her workshops are informed by her practical experience as a writer and editor in both government and the private sector as well as her thirty plus years of teaching experience. She creates and delivers workshops that emphasize the writing skills people need to thrive in today’s fast-paced workplace. She offers workshops both in person and remotely in her signature “@ Your Desk” format.

She is a passionate advocate for abolishing bureaucratic, misleading, and empty writing and believes that good writing makes a difference in the world.

I come away with a sense of accomplishment and having learned something new.