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Writing Workshop

  1. 1. Writing Workshop A place to go to better learn riteing, yo’!
  2. 2. Did You Ever Do A Complex Math Problem? <ul><li>One with a lot of steps? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you ever get the answer wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>Because you made one error in Step Three? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Trouble With ‘You’ <ul><li>When ‘you’ is used, the author is addressing the reader…and the reader is not in the story. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is unfair that they make you paint your face to be in Jack’s tribe. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the problem? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you fix it? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Wear People No Word Choice <ul><li>Writers (anyone who puts pen to paper) need to convey to their readers that they know the rudiments of the English language. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where & Were (This is a strange problem) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aloud & Allowed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Their, There, & They’re </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s & Its </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you write an effective sentence for each? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. My Opinion & I Don’t Need To Remind You <ul><li>‘ I’ is commonly used, but not always needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Writings where you do not need to remind the reader that you are the writer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Persuasive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinionated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argumentative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leaving ‘I’ out makes your paper less debatable. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes your points more factual. </li></ul>
  6. 6. “Basically” Speaking <ul><li>Avoid using words and phrases such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basically… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kind of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sort of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s almost as if… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These weaken any point you are trying to make. </li></ul><ul><li>You are better off taking a side and “running with it”. </li></ul>
  7. 7. VPD – V ague P ronoun D isorder <ul><li>• What is a pronoun? </li></ul><ul><li>The part of speech that substitutes for nouns or noun phrases and designates persons or things asked for, previously specified </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion ensues due to lack of specificity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They do bad things to them on the island. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the problem? When is it not a problem? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you fix the problem? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. So… <ul><li>Avoid using ‘so’ when writing, especially at the beginning of sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not formal enough. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a strong transition. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: So the next thing she did was… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immediately after doing that thing, she began… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Paragraphs Ahoy! <ul><li>Use paragraphs to develop paragraphs! </li></ul><ul><li>When to make a new paragraph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A new idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Usually when you want to start a sentence with, ‘Another example…’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A transition statement at the end of a paragraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ I blame everything that happened on this one event.’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>You need to look over your work! </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Misplaced Modifier <ul><li>Part of a sentence that refers to the wrong thing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He jumped into his car driven by his hamartia. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the problem? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you fix it? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Contraction itis <ul><li>When writing formal works, avoid contractions. </li></ul><ul><li>They aren’t as formal. </li></ul><ul><li>WAIT… </li></ul><ul><li>They are not as formal. </li></ul>
  12. 12. “My Paper Is About…” <ul><li>Avoid using such phrases because… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are banal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They lack style </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar to the avoid ‘I’ tip </li></ul><ul><li>Besides, it’s not a paper, it’s an opportunity to express yourself! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing, it’s a mental state </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. I Your Style <ul><li>Try adding some style to your writing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can this be re-written?… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We live in a fast-paced world. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How about?… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Society is full of really bad people. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One more…for fun… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet , is about a man who seeks revenge for his father’s death . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Why You Are Better Than The Computer <ul><li>According to SpellCheck on MS Word, the following is an acceptable sentence: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A paper about Lord of the Flies : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The boys are stranded on an inland. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A creative paper in the voice of Equality (a character from Anthem) : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Council of Vacations warned people about me. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Um… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Yes , I Know What To Do <ul><li>When responding to a ‘yes’ / ‘no’ question, always place a comma after ‘yes’ or ‘no’. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Q – Would you like an Emu? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A – Yes, I would love an Emu! </li></ul></ul></ul>