UCAR ESL Writing Workshop

Lessons in Clear and Effective Writing

1) Mastering Compounds, Hyphens, and Dashes

2) Creating Coherent and Powerful Paragraphs

Alice Levine
Alice Levine Editorial Services

 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Monday, 20 May 2013
FL2, Room 1003

Is it bandwidth or band width? Should we hyphenate beamwidth and low frequency? Our first goal in this session will be to identify closed, open, and hyphenated compounds and learn how to handle compound nouns, compound adjectives, compound adverbs, prefixes, and suffixes. We’ll explore the use of hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes to clarify meaning.

Our second goal is to examine how we construct paragraphs. Many of us begin a new paragraph simply by pressing the indent key, but that the approach is unlikely to result in an effective and coherent unit of thought. Paragraphs are like paper chains; each link holds one idea to the next one. Without a sturdy chain, a paragraph falls apart. We will analyze weak paragraphs and learn how to transform them into successful transmitters of our message.

If you would to submit questions and text samples on these two topics, please send them to Alice Levine (alevineed@aol.com) by May 14, so she can address them in the session.

To be sure that there are enough handouts for all participants, please email Jielun Sun (jsun@ucar.edu) if you plan to participate in this workshop.

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Alice Levine

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Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:00am