One- and Two-Day Programs for All Learners
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You have come to a fork in the road.To pursue your personal or professional goals, you need to write better. You need a boot camp to master the elements of writing. Then you need to apply your new skills to your work.
You have come to the right place.
The Elements of Writing seminars offer detailed, practical, and fun strategies to write well.
The seminars usually move in two or three parts.
1. Storytelling: Humans are, above all else, a storytelling species. Narrative is built into our DNA. To tap into this innate ability, we need to master the tricks and maneuvers of great storytellers–from narrative structure to character development, setting to action, details to surprise, great stories deploy a number of simple, intuitive skills.
2. Mechanics: When we put pen to paper, we need to master a number of mechanical skills — from building great sentences and paragraphs, getting the grammar right, editing, and writing with our own distinctive style. By understanding all elements of writing as a form of storytelling, we make these abstract challenges simple and intuitive.
3. Analysis: In school and business, strong analytic writing is central to everyday life. Too often, we get tangled in abstractions and fail to clarify core problems, identify causal variables, and sort the evidence. In The Elements of Writing, analysis is just a form of storytelling. We show how to turn your narrative skills into analytic skills.
For every program, we customize all the elements of writing to your specific needs.
How do we operate?
Every Elements of Writing seminar provides interactive, hands-on work so you not only learn the material but also master it.
Charles Euchner — a teacher and writer with 25 years of experience — teaches you all the key elements with powerful visuals and videos.
Using workbooks designed for your specific group, students actively participate. Learning is active, not passive.
All students go home with their own copy of The Elements of Writing, the only comprehensive guide to writing well, and the forthcoming Keep It Short.
Before you leave, we develop a followup plan with teachers or managers to help you the skills you learn–right away.