Writing Bootcamp: Pencils Ready!
You'll learn about:
How attentive writing makes for more rigorous planning.
An approach to large and small writing assignments that helps craft a clear message and complete argument.
The details of writing to refine your word choices, sentences, and presentation in language that is professional not pretentious.
Ttechniques that can improve teamwork and make reviews more productive.
Editing your own work and others’ work to ensure accuracy and coherency.
Even in a digital age, planners communicate with words. But whether they work in the public or private sector, they face unique writing challenges. Their work is a moving target, changing through the process, and it is aimed at audiences with varying knowledge. Planners work in teams, through levels of review -- each with a different point of view. And planners' writing often has to serve as a record, legal or otherwise, of community decisions. Finally, it's tough for any writer to face a blank page and find the right words, then step back and look at that work objectively.
We'll discuss writing techniques that get the work started and keep it on track. We'll talk about editing techniques that are effective, efficient, and somewhat painless! And throughout, we'll put it to the test, using real world examples taken from public sector, private sector, and student cases. Attendees will analyze and rewrite examples: sorting large amounts of information, providing context and structure for abstract ideas, developing a sharp eye for the correct wording and phrasing, using punctuation correctly, and spotting embarrassing errors.
Confirmed SpeakerJoshua Sloan, RLA, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP ND, SITES AP is most interested in the synthesis of aesthetic, environmental, and social issues through landscape architecture and planning. Because the intersection of various stakeholder interests is complicated by a lack of understanding, he strives to encourage a common vocabulary and clear communication. His objective is to aid in the translation between competing viewpoints and divergent priorities to create a more equitable and sustainable built environment. To this end, he keeps his staff aware and up-to-date on such issues through a well-received, weekly review of current news, materials and methods lessons, event schedules, and a grammar and usage soapbox that is distributed through three field offices. He has lectured and presented at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, ULI, and the University of Maryland.
Confirmed SpeakerClaudia Kousoulas’ experience ranges from urban planning to culinary history, but always comes back to communicating ideas, stories, and concepts using words and images through books, freelance feature articles, blog posts, master plans, and public speaking. She is the author of "Contemporary Architecture in Washington, D.C." (John Wiley and Sons). She has taught at the Boston Architectural College, and spoken at the National Building Museum, U.S. State Department, the University of Maryland, Planetizen, and the Blogher Conference.