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“Good writing is difficult. It takes a lot of practice and it can be very time consuming. And at the end of the process… you might not get your message across. The purpose of this presentation ...

“Good writing is difficult. It takes a lot of practice and it can be very time consuming. And at the end of the process… you might not get your message across. The purpose of this presentation is not to convince you that writing is fun. Many of you will never think that writing is fun! Rather, the purpose of this presentation is to show you ways of maximizing your impact in print so that you get a better return on what you write.”

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  • You CAN Write Well! Tips and tricks for getting your message across in print
    Part 3 of 4
    Erica MacCreaigh
    Correctional Libraries Senior Consultant
    Colorado State Library
  • TheGolden Ruleof Relevance
    Have a point…
  • TheGolden Ruleof Relevance
    Have a point…
    …and get to it…
  • TheGolden Ruleof Relevance
    Have a point…
    …and get to it…
    …quickly.
  • Techniques for applying the Golden Rule of Relevance
    Clear purpose
  • Techniques for applying the Golden Rule of Relevance
    Clear purpose
    “Just the facts, ma’am.”
  • Subject: Birds in the libraryRecidivism is a serious problem in our society and many experts suspect “nature starvation” is a subtle, but significant criminogenic factor. Library programs positively impact offender behavior. Last year’s wild birds program, scheduled opposite Unit 5’s weekly poker game, kept several offenders from being written up for gambling.I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.Also, we have a nesting pair of pigeons in the storage closet.
  • Subject: Birds in the libraryRecidivism is a serious problem in our society and many experts suspect “nature starvation” is a subtle, but significant criminogenic factor. Library programs positively impact offender behavior. Last year’s wild birds program, scheduled opposite Unit 5’s weekly poker game, kept several offenders from being written up for gambling.I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.Also, we have a nesting pair of pigeons in the storage closet.
  • Subject: Requesting $ for library books about birdsRecidivism is a serious problem in our society and many experts suspect “nature starvation” is a subtle, but significant criminogenic factor. Library programs positively impact offender behavior. Last year’s wild birds program, scheduled opposite Unit 5’s weekly poker game, kept several offenders from being written up for gambling.I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.Also, we have a nesting pair of pigeons in the storage closet.
  • Subject: Requesting $ for library books about birds Recidivism is a serious problem in our society and many experts suspect “nature starvation” is a subtle, but significant criminogenic factor. Library programs positively impact offender behavior. Last year’s wild birds program, scheduled opposite Unit 5’s weekly poker game, kept several offenders from being written up for gambling.I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.Also, we have a nesting pair of pigeons in the storage closet.
  • Subject: Requesting $ for library books about birds Recidivism is a serious problem in our society and many experts suspect “nature starvation” is a subtle, but significant criminogenic factor. Library programs positively impact offender behavior. Last year’s wild birds program, scheduled opposite Unit 5’s weekly poker game, kept several offenders from being written up for gambling.I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.Also, we have a nesting pair of pigeons in the storage closet.
  • Subject: Requesting $ for library books about birds I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.
  • Subject: Requesting $ for library books about birds I am writing to request funds for three identification guides on birds of Western North America. These books are very popular among the offenders, are written at an appropriate reading level, and encourage appropriate use of leisure time.The three books cost $35 total and Kathy can order them via P-card from Amazon.com.Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you for considering this request.
  • TheGolden Ruleof Accessibility
    What they see is not necessarily what they “get”
  • Techniques for applying the Golden Rule of Accessibility
    Avoid professional jargon and acronyms, unless…
  • Techniques for applying the Golden Rule of Accessibility
    Avoid professional jargon and acronyms, unless…
    Use headings and bullets
  • Techniques for applying the Golden Rule of Accessibility
    Avoid professional jargon and acronyms, unless…
    Use headings and bullets
    Write to express, not to impress
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed EOS inventory* Weeded EZ-Readers* Training attended: * CLiC * ARTTo do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-classify graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed EOS inventory* Weeded EZ-Readers* Training attended: * CLiC * ARTTo do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-classify graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Weeded EZ-Readers * Training attended: * CLiC * ART To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Weeded EZ-Readers * Training attended: * CLiC * ART To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection* Training attended: * CLiC * ART To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * CLiC * ARTTo do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) * ART (Annual refresher training)To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) * Annual refresher training (ART) To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) * Annual refresher training (ART)To do next month* BT to reimage Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) * Annual refresher training (ART) To do next month* BT to fix Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) * Annual refresher training (ART) To do next month* BT to fix Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels to conform with Dewey Decimal Classification convention
  • Subject: Monthly narrative reportAccomplishments* Completed library collection inventory* Removed worn-out adult literacy books from collection * Training attended: * Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) * Annual refresher training (ART) To do next month* BT to fix Watchdog computer* Re-catalog graphic novels
  • You CAN Write Well! Tips and tricks for getting your message across in print
    Part 3 of 4
    Erica MacCreaigh
    Correctional Libraries Senior Consultant
    Colorado State Library