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John's unique focus on audience and structure brings a new dimension to writing workshops. John helps nonfiction writers think about their goals and the techniques that can accomplish those goals. With an emphasis on practicality, John can round out a workshop's writing faculty in intriguing ways.
Topics John can cover include:
The rest of this page discusses some of John's more significant experiences in helping people take full advantage of their writing skills. For examples of John's writing workshops, see Talks.
As an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College from 1995-2003, John taught a senior-level writing class that became one of the English department's most popular courses. Based on a syllabus he developed, the course combines technologically sophisticated lectures, exercises, and personal feedback to strengthen on-the-job writing skills for students in a variety of disciplines, including business, computers, engineering, and the sciences.
Reprints of John's articles on effective business communication from the Harvard Management Communication Letter are available from the Harvard Business School Press. They include:
The Most Common Mistakes of First-time Presenters (as featured in the Houston Chronicle)
Some of the books John recommends for improving your writing:
Techniques for Technical Communicators, edited by Barnum and Carliner, is the old but comprehensive textbook John used in his college classes.
Visual Language, by Robert Horn, looked at combining text and graphics, and was a source for "When Can I Use Clip Art?"
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