Words of Wisdom
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
Writing Center hosts a podcast entitled "In a Word" on our local public radio station, KAMU-FM. It airs every Wednesday morning at 8:30 am and provides short tips on writing and speaking.
The podcast was originally conceived and recorded by Mary Beth Schaefer, a former writing center consultant. It has since been taken over by Candace Hastings, the Director of the University Writing Center.
You can listen to the podcast online
Episodes so far have included writing memos, cover letters, and thank you letters, designing slides, dealing with writer's block, and writing effective introductions, just to name a few.