Writing Workshop--Trimming the Fat: Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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Trimming the Fat: Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness

Think about a tender, juicy cut of Filet Mignon, medium rare. Does anything ruin that first perfect bite like a mouthful of gooey fat? This experience is similar to that of a reader forced to read a sentence that sounds like this: “ For the first and earliest time in his short young life, Michael was experiencing and feeling the sensations commonly associated with love, an emotion he had never felt before.” It's a common misconception among beginning writers that using more words makes one's writing sound more intelligent. The opposite is true. The trick to good writing is to say as much as you can in as few words as possible. Trim the fat, leave the meat. This workshop will explore strategies for recognizing and removing this undesirable fattiness from your writing. 

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Registration

Our writing workshops are one-hour group seminars that focus on specific writing topics. To register for this workshop please visit our online scheduling system (WCOnline) and click on the Spring 2021 Workshops schedule.

Registration closes 24 hours prior to the workshop date. All our Spring 2021 workshops will be conducted virtually through Zoom, so after you have registered for a workshop session, you will then receive the necessary link 12-24 hours prior to the workshop time. 

To see the full list of topics we offer, visit our workshop topics page. 

For more information regarding our workshops, please contact writingcenter@sjsu.edu.   

 

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