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Professional Writing Workshop

Whether you love it or hate it, good writing is vital to your reputation and to getting ahead. You need to be able to express your ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively. In this course, we will take what you learned about writing in school and apply it to the real world. We will examine when to follow the rules and when to break them. You will learn how to reduce frustration and wasted time as we solve day-to-day writing problems, while identifying common mistakes. Increased efficiency and improved confidence will produce the results you are looking for-effective, diplomatic communications. This course is for marketing and communication professionals, project and product managers, administrators, and anyone else who is concerned about presenting a professional image in his or her written communication. In this course, you will have an opportunity to learn:

  • how to organize your writing to communicate your message effectively
  • how to revise and edit quickly and efficiently
  • how to implement tricks of the trade for making your writing clear, concise, and persuasive

This course will be taught as a writing workshop and will be limited to 10 participants. Please bring a 1-2 page sample of your own professional writing to share with the class. If you are unable to bring a sample from your employment, you are welcome to bring some other type of professional communication, such as writing you've done for an organization for which you volunteer or a letter to the editor.

Elizabeth Dodge, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, editor, and trainer in Portland. She has more than 20 years of experience in technical writing, marketing communications, public relations, and publishing. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than 15 years, sharing her passion for writing with a coaching style that is sensitive to the personal nature of writing.


Friday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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$185 (6 contact hours/ 0.6 CEUs)
Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus