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Clear Writing Course

Anyone can write crisply. Right?

Close Up of a Fountain Pen Writing on a Piece of Paper with documents in backgroundWell, not exactly.

Sure, anyone who’s mastered English grammar and vocab can string a few sentences together, but it takes much more than that to write clearly and effectively.

Good writing helps readers to get the information they need, quickly and easily. Good writing helps persuade busy people to read your text and act on it, rather than just bin it. And good writing is a marketable skill and a key selling point for translators and editors.

The eCPD Clear Writing course with its lively 3-webinar format gives you:

  • a framework for clear writing – what it is and what it is not
  • a business case to help sell this skill to potential clients
  • 17 easy-to-apply practical techniques for improving your writing, illustrated with worked examples
  • a handful of software tools to make the job easier
  • a bundle of links and references to useful articles
  • an optional exercise to put into practice what you’ve learned.

The course is now in its 4th season. Check out the feedback to see how previous attendees enjoyed and benefitted from it.

Catch you in June!

Outline of Edition 3 of the Clear Writing Course

Session 1

The guiding principles and objectives of clear writing:

  • What clear writing is and what it is not,
  • Having the courage to depart from literal renderings to capture the meaning and message.

Clear-writing techniques I, with specific examples:

  • Sentence surgery: improving dodgy sentences.

Session 2

Clear-writing techniques II, with specific examples:

  • A discussion of the Oxford comma.

Worked examples.

Session 3

Some practical issues in applying clear-writing principles and techniques to real texts.

More worked examples

Keeping your texts free of cliché, jargon, “Banned List” phrases, etc., and testing for ambiguity using ApSIC Xbench.

Other tools.

After the clear writing course:

Included in the £90 fee for the 3-part course

  • Resource list
  • Attendance certificate
  • Copy of the lesson materials

All webinars are recorded: if you miss the live session, you will be able to view the recording later.

Speaker

Oliver Lawrence

Start date

5 June 2017

Start time

2:30 pm  UK time

Duration

3 one-hour sessions. on June 5th, 7th and 9th 2017

Price

100 GBP; additional cost of £15 (optional) for a reviewed exercise (in English) OR feedback on one of your own real 1,000-word into-English translations.

CPD points

All eCPD Webinars are officially accredited by the CPD Standards Office, in partnership with the CIOL cil_logo_50057( Provider number  50057). Further, the webinar earns three hours of CPD (ATA: three points) which you can use to keep a record of your CPD. Webinars and courses with eCPD Webinars are also officially accredited by the Bureau Wbtv as ‘erkende opleiding’ (approved training).

Who should take part

Translators and writers in the English language. Most attendees will be native speakers of English (any locale). But non-native English writers are also welcome to join.

What are the benefits of taking part?

This webinar will give you the skills and tools to help you write clear, unambiguous English and produce a better result for your translation clients.

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Comments

  1. Maia Figueroa

    Here are some comments from attendees:

    One word for it: brilliant! It has given me so much material to work on and help improve my translations. I am delighted in the investment I made – worth every penny.

    It was an excellent course – and a tough assignment!

    Extremely professional … good to have an opportunity to participate within a well-managed framework. Oliver’s pacing and presentation was excellent.

    Friendly atmosphere with a funny speaker.

    Highly recommended.

    I liked the little asides and humour.

    Knowledgeable, witty speaker maintained a light tone throughout.