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Writer's Studio

Improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness.

Upcoming Events and Courses

Improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness. The Writer’s Studio invites you to take our business writing courses for better communication in business and beyond.

Visual Storytelling for Professionals: Creating Effective Presentations

Dec. 3–13, 2018 | 6–8:30 PM | Gleacher Center downtown | $295

What makes a presentation effective? A strong narrative, compelling visuals, and an audience-focused approach work together to create a presentation your viewers won’t soon forget. In this workshop, we will focus on designing and delivering a presentation that is as engaging to create as it is watch. Whether you come to class with a presentation you want to improve or eager to create something new, you’ll leave with tools that help you deliver. 


The Heart of the Matter: Storytelling for Business

JAN. 9–FEB. 27, 2019 | 6–8:30 PM | Gleacher Center downtown | $575

Want to find a way to make writing for business and the professions even more effective? Simple: tell your story. In this eight-week class, you will learn to create an authentic, compelling story that clarifies your mission, vision, and value proposition. We will study storytelling in the context of business and discover the powerful role it plays in inspiring, motivating, and resonating with an intended audience. You will learn how to create your own illuminating narrative, one that explores who you are, where you come from, and most importantly, why you do what you do.


Powerful Punctuation: Commanding Commas, Sexy Semicolons, and More

MAR. 6–13, 2019 | 6–9 pm | Gleacher Center downtown | $170

Forget the dry, boring grammar lessons of your youth. Take this class and enter an enchanting world of punctuation unlike any you have ever considered. Do commas trip you up? Unsure about semi-colons? Come explore their usage and untapped power. We will also touch upon more elusive forms of punctuation: hyphens, dashes, parentheses, apostrophes, and ellipses. Like a multimedia artist who uses a variety of material, go beyond your ho-hum periods, question marks, and exclamations and learn how to infuse your writing with fun (yes, fun!) forms of punctuation.


Effective Writing for Business and the Professions

APR. 3–MAY 22, 2019 | 5:30–8 pm | Gleacher Center downtown | $625

In the workplace, writing succeeds when it is easy to read, efficient, and valuable. The more you know, the more difficult it can be to communicate your expertise clearly and persuasively. To share your expertise with others, you must organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear to your reader. This course introduces techniques you can use to diagnose and revise your writing so that it will succeed with any readers, from colleagues to clients to the general public. Tuition includes course materials.