Improving Your Writing (Part II)

UCAR ESL Writing Workshop Improving Your Writing (Part II)

Dr. Laurie Albright * (, 303 499-1854)andDr. Theresa Noland * (, 303 499-5966)

“Finish Your Damn Dissertation”10:00-11:30am, 18 April 2013, FL2, Room 1003

High quality writing is an indication of clear thinking and attention to detail. Readers make judgments about the entirety of the written work based on simple mistakes or sloppy writing, perhaps unfairly. For this reason, it’s critical that all submitted writing be of the highest caliber.

A second session will be based on suggestions from the participants in the first session. The topics such as “how to write a paper,” “how to use the ‘mini’ words such as a, an, and the,” and “How will I ever get these d**n prepositions figured out?” will be addressed. The importance of clarity, conciseness, completeness, correctness, and courtesy (or tone) will be discussed again.

It is not necessary to have attended the first workshop in order to attend the second one. Please send the presenters a short (2 paragraphs to one page) sample of your writing (unedited, mistakes and all) by Tuesday, April 16, so they can use real-life examples from the group for analysis and teaching. Even if you can’t send them a writing sample, please come anyway.  Please contact either presenter before the class if you have questions or requests. 

To make sure that there are enough handouts for all participants, please email Jielun Sun ( if you plan to participate in this workshop.

* The presenters have edited the written work of Ph.D. students, professional scientists, university professors, and high-level politicians.  Projects have included grant proposals of over a million dollars, Ph.D. theses, not-for-profit annual reports, and articles published in professional journals in areas including atmospheric science, computer science, nursing, health communication, unlicensed health care workers, music analysis, and biology.  Theresa is a retired K-12 and university educator and Laurie is a retired law school administrator who has helped hundreds of law students prepare successful proposals and employment documents.  Together they have helped dozens of writers become “Successful Writers” through their company, “Finish Your Damn Dissertation.”

Sir Winston Churchill:  “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

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Announcement Timing: 
April 12, 2013 to April 18, 2013