A+ Writing

Routine workplace writing tasks rarely ask more of us than the ability to write clearly and organize ideas effectively. Once you have developed good writing skills, you may find yourself lodged in an uninspiring and unchallenging landscape of mundane reports and memos. This workshop is for writers already adept at grammar and composition who want or need to write material that goes beyond informing, and engages, energizes, and entertains readers. You’ll learn how to write balanced sentences with pleasing rhythms, how to ensure your writing is lean and lively, and how to use sentence structure and rhetorical devices to create special effects. You’ll also learn practical techniques you can use regularly to keep your writing skills sharp and your perspective fresh.

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  • Successful style: examining what hooks, what compels, and what energizes readers

  • Sentence structure: exploiting structure to convey meaning, nuance, and emphasis

  • Freshness: avoiding the trite and the tired; overcoming blind spots; identifying and excising clichés

  • Flow: elegant transitions and powerful endings; rhythm and balance

  • High energy writing: using vital verbs

  • Toolkit: six tools for expanding your range

  • Rhetorical devices: use and abuse

  • Getting past obstacles: overcoming occasional block (you can’t get started or you stall), blahs (what you write seems insipid no matter what you do), and blues (the task of writing itself feels like a chore)

  • Individual focus: designing your own routine for keeping your sentences limber and vital

  • Writers who want to engage and compel their readers as well as inform them

  • Experienced writers who want to expand their range and develop their craft
  • Writers of newsletters, marketing materials, speeches, web articles, essays, press releases, or brochures
  • Writers who want to engage and compel their readers as well as inform them

Karen Kebarle holds a Masters in English from the University of Toronto, a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She has taught for 14 years at the post-secondary level, including at Algonquin College, La Cité, and the University of Ottawa. Her areas of expertise include business English, persuasive writing, English as a second language, and oral communication. She has also worked as a writer, a freelance editor, and a guide at the National Gallery of Canada.

“A rare and memorable teacher who has both the experience and passion.”

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A+ Writing
October 31, November 1, 2019
9:00 - 16:00
A+ Writing
March 30, 31, 2020
9:00 - 16:00


This workshop is part of our new Certificate in Workplace WritingLearn how to get started.

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