JustWrite

A Course on Effective Writing
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This course aims to develop participants' writing skills to support their advocacy work. It delivers a comprehensive approach to the skills of effective writing. It is particularly aimed at people who find writing a chore, who have something important to say but cannot express it clearly, or who just want some help in polishing their writing skills.

It will be of particular interest to anybody planning to produce a research report, thesis, book or book chapter, advocacy document, paper for publication, essay – or any other substantial piece of written work.

The course is part of an integrated collection of courses developed by Fahamu in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

The course includes many practical exercises and five assignments to help participants learn new skills. The assignments all contribute to the creation of a real document that the participant wants to produce.

Course content

1 Planning

  • Creating a message
  • Organising ideas
  • Collecting evidence.

2 Writing an outline

  • Principles of outlining
  • How to use outlines
  • Checking an outline.

3 Writing a first draft

  • Key principles
  • The functions of prose.

4 Navigation aids and graphics

  • Summaries and introductions
  • Headings
  • Title page
  • Numbering systems
  • Resource materials
  • Appendices
  • Summaries
  • Using graphics.

5 Effective editing

  • Why edit?
  • Constructing effective paragraphs
  • Improving sentences
  • Choosing the right word

By the end of the course

Participants will be able to:

  • Generate and articulate clear messages in their documents
  • Organise information and ideas more effectively
  • Plan a document to outline stage
  • Write a first draft more confidently
  • Edit their text for clarity and persuasive style.

Course benefits

Participants will receive a CDROM containing all the course materials. This CDROM also contains sections on grammar, punctuation and stylistic issues – together with a reading list and guides to further study – making it an invaluable reference tool for when the course is over.

On successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the University of Oxford and Fahamu.

Audience

This course is aimed at people who find writing a chore, who have something important to say but cannot express it clearly, or who just want some help in polishing their writing skills.

It will be of particular interest to anybody planning to produce a research report, thesis, book or book chapter, advocacy document, paper for publication, essay – or any other substantial piece of written work.

Course length

Distance learning course (1–2 hours/day): 5 weeks

Orders within the United Kingdom include VAT.

A FAHAMU BOOKS AND PAMBAZUKA PRESS PUBLICATION

Title JustWrite
Subtitle A Course on Effective Writing
Edited by Pambazuka Press
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading POL055000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Australian & Oceanian
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JP      94 Thema geographical qualifier: 1M
Format CD-Rom
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-906387-20-6
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-20-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387204
Weight 20 gr
OS
Windows, Pentium III, Windows 98 or later 128MB RAM
Mac OS, G3 MAC OSX 10.3 or later 128MB RAM
List Price £10.00
 

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