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Writing Essentials

3 classes | three 7 hours days

This practical course will enhance your writing skills and give you the information needed to write clearly, simply and effectively. The course covers grammar, defining news, structure and planning, identifying a target audience, headline writing, interviewing techniques, media releases and effective ways to communicate through the media.

Writing Essentials covers grammar, defining news, structure and planning, identifying a target audience, headline writing, interviewing techniques, media releases and effective ways to communicate through the media. People who write newsletters, journals, journal articles, reports and media releases for their organisations will benefit from attending. It’s also useful for people interested in developing their basic writing style and skills.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a certificate.

Presenter

Dan Kaufman is a UTS lecturer and has worked as a journalist, sub-editor and editor for 18 years. He writes for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Age and publishes Bar Zine, a website that reviews Sydney bars. Dan previously edited a number of SMH sections including Icon, Travel, Radar and Health & Science. He has also worked on a range of lifestyle and computer magazines.

Dan has been involved with online publishing since the late 90s and has taught online journalism at UTS in addition to a variety of workshops on writing for the web, Wordpress and the usability issues online publishers, editors and writers need to grapple with.

Enrolment

Dates:

Register your interest for our next course: acij@uts.edu.au

Fees:

  • $920 full fee
  • $828 ACIJ members
  • $736 concession (students and low income)
  • $644 UTS staff and students

Limited to: 14 participants

Location: UTS UTS Building 10, level 5, room 580 (CB10.05.580, map)

To discuss this course or for more information please contact acij@uts.edu.auor call +61 2 9514 2488.

Testimonials

“Jenna is an excellent teacher. She had every student constantly engaged and interested in the class. The class group was just the right size. The subject matter was entirely appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience.” Jess Husband, photojournalist

“It really was a helpful course for two reasons: it reconfirmed or re-established for me what the most critical elements of news writing are (ie how to write leads, structuring a piece etc) and it then got me to try to apply those principles through exercises. The course was exactly what I was seeking.” Nicholas Merrett, Associate Editor

“Thank you for an excellent three days last week. The content was fantastic and covered off basics I don’t recall my journalism degree ever touching on! Overall I found the content and the notes extremely useful and will be putting what I learnt to practice this week. Many thanks for a job well done.” Claire Thomas, Trade Marketing Communications Executive

“Jenna Price is a brilliant trainer. She is consistently enthusiastic and has a non-threatening way of teaching.” Prayna Prasad, Marketing Coordinator

“I really enjoyed Jenna’s teaching enthusiasm. I found her bright, engaging, funny and entertaining. I enjoyed her teaching style and method outstanding. Excellent interaction with class.” Sophie Kober, Executive Assistant

“Jenna was terrific. I loved her teaching style and the practical exercises. It has really inspired me to write more.” Kristen Lodge, Health Research & Communications Specialist

“It was very interactive with a lot of practical workshops.” Tessa Cousins (July 2012)

“The course was thoroughly engaging, inspirational, thought-provoking and enjoyable. It really opened my eyes to possibilities in the journalistic field and inspired me to improve my writing.” Jo Matthews (November 2012)

“Very practical. Lessons reinforced then built upon.” Duncan Farr (November 2012)

“I really enjoyed how much practical work was in the course. The homework really challenged me and made me have to think clearly about everything I’ve learned throughout the course.” Mel Pecke (April 2013)