Writing Bootcamp: Pencils Ready!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
CM | 2.50
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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.  

NPC17 Session Handout: Writing Bootcamp: Pencils Ready!


Joshua Sloan , AICP , VIKA , Germantown , MD (see bio)
Claudia Kousoulas , Washington , DC (see bio)