This note serves two purposes: One of thankfulness for a break in routine; and a real treat on a snowy day — a writing class!
The instructor, Paula Peters, is a working mother, successful entrepreneur, author, and very patient with her students. Her firm, Peters Writing Services, has been in business since 1999 and is staffed with people who are skilled at taking the impossible and turning it into professional copy that’s easy to understand, and targeted to the audience. Their efforts at proposal writing, marketing, training development, and procedural manuals have saved the bacon of more than one mom and pop shop. After failed bids for lucrative government contracts, corporate executives enlist her services and quickly turn no frills proposals into stand-out winning bids!
The writing course was well crafted. The tools were a workbook, slides, the all important candy (you’ve got to have some incentive to come out of your shell right?), as well as individual and group writing exercises. Her coursework helps students understand how to analyze the writing task and consider strategies to accomplish before putting fingers to keyboard. Another interesting tool of value was the notes template she designed to help with information extraction. The image of gold-panning in Alaska flashes in my head as an analogy to describe this tool~ to collect the flashy nuggets appear on the top after shaking/analyzing! The notes template helps guide your writing activity; gleaning important facts to answer the five W’s (who, what, why, when, and where.) You can make your own templates that meet your particular task genre. Once you’ve gathered the nuggets or “chunks” as she refers to them, you prioritize them, string them together and tada…you have a succinct paragraph.
I guarantee if you invite her to teach a course at your workplace, there’s more than a handful of skills you’ll take away to help elevate the professional writing skills of your employees! Here is a link to Paula Peter’s blog. Check out the books she’s written. Her latest published offering is the Working Mom’s Survival Guide.
At this point I’ve already violated several of her rules/guidelines but sometimes it does take more than 350 words to get your point across. Thanks for reading and Thank You Paula for the great educational opportunity!
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