Re: Help - my consultants cannot write!

Subject: Re: Help - my consultants cannot write!
From: Heidi Liebl-Slabinski <heidi -dot- liebl -dot- slabinski -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Andrew Plato <andrew -dot- plato -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:54:09 -0600

Here's a writing exercise to foster discipline, structure, quality and
brevity. Have them write a micro-report. Constrain them to one side of one
sheet of paper. Require specific components to exist. Require the end result
to contain concise, complete, grammatically correct sentences which are also
information-dense.

This suggestion is based on one of my best experiences learning to write. It
was a young-adult lit class, part of the curriculum for a degree in
education. We read a book a week, then wrote structured reviews with
required components. We hand-wrote or typed our reviews on a single side of
an index card. Along with the obvious (title, author), we had to provide a
plot summary and identify the audience the book was especially suited for.
I'm probably leaving out a couple of other requirements, but I imagine you
get the gist--and I'm too lazy to look for those cards.
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Help - my consultants cannot write!: From: Andrew Plato

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