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

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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