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Author John Clayton has helped many writers improve their writing through formal college classes, seminars, coaching, and a series of articles for Harvard Business School publishing. This page discusses some of John's more significant experiences in helping people -- both business people and literary people -- take full advantage of their writing skills.
In writing workshops, John likes to focus on audience and structure. John helps a variety of writers think about their goals and the techniques that can accomplish those goals. Topics that John can cover include:
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 very old but comprehensive textbook that John once used in the college classes he taught.
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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