Join me in this live two-hour class and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-do-the-work work that makes writing more effective, clearer, and sharper.
For the last thirty years I’ve worked to help writers make their writing better: first as a freelance proofreader and copy editor, then as an in-house production editor and eventually the copy chief of Random House, and more recently as the author of Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.
I’ve been fascinated by the written word ever since the magical moment I figured out, as a late-stage toddler, how to read, and if you share that fascination I hope you’ll find enlightenment and practical advice in my Five Things I’ve Learned About talk.
In this two-hour live class I’m going to dig deep into my bag of tricks and offer up ways that you, as a writer, can make your writing more effective, clearer, and sharper, including:
• how the simple act of reading your writing aloud will reveal its virtues and weaknesses (and what to do after the revelation)
• how to free yourself of the dreaded nonrules of prose
• how to stop being afraid of semicolons and adverbs
• how to carve away the fat with which we all clog up our writing
Along the way I’ll also show you, in the most practical nuts-and-bolts way, why some great passages of writing are indeed great, and share with you what I’ve learned over the years works and doesn’t work in the dance between copy editor and writer. What I’ve learned matters most is paying attention to what a writer is doing so that your every edit demonstrates that you’re trying to support rather than distort their writing. Listen before you fix. (And maybe that’s a life lesson that goes beyond writing.)
To whatever extent writing is part inspiration and part alchemy, it’s also roll-up-your-sleeves-and-do-the-work work, and that’s where I come in.
I’m sure you’ve been carrying around myriad questions (or is it a myriad of questions?) about how to do this in your writing and how not to do that, so please ask away.
I do hope you’ll join me,
– Benjamin Dreyer
Writing And Reading