Video Tutorials

Most links in the table below take you to a Pros Write post made up of (a) a brief motivation for learning about a writing topic, (b) a video tutorial, (c) the sample document used in the tutorial, and (d) related research. To hear the teaching philosophy behind these tutorials, check out Lectures in a writing class. Oh my! and Amateurs need explicit knowledge — not platitudes.

The video tutorials are between 9 and 15 minutes long. I hope to find time to update/shorten them during the summer of 2020. Their content expands on the chapters in the 3rd and 4th editions of my co-authored workbook, Revising Professional Writing in Science and Technology, Business, and the Social Sciences (RPW). 

Main TopicVideo TitleRPW Chapter
All3 Lessons from Great Performers for Workplace Writers (or “Why do practice exercises?”)Any
Analyzing Rhetorical ContextGet clear about your purpose before you write for workplace readersCh 1
Learn to analyze a workplace audience to deliver an effective message Ch 2
Developing ContentInsure readers understand your message with the right contentCh 3
Persuade readers with an appeal to logosCh 4
Help your readers see what you mean with informative graphics Ch 5
Organizing ContentImprove your reader’s efficiency — and win their gratitude — with bottom line placementCh 6
Manage what your readers think you mean with effective paragraphs Ch 7
Create logical flow between sentences to promote accurate and efficient readingCh 8
Lead your reader through your content with transitionsCh 9
Think long-term and be kind to readers with well-formatted documentsCh 10
Managing StyleLearn to identify needless words and promote clarityCh 11
Use parallel structure in lists to increase reading efficiencyCh 12
Choose active vs. passive voice strategicallyCh 13
Choose your words carefully — when it countsCh 14
Control your tone to avoid negative attention from your readerCh 15
Mastering MechanicsPunctuation (Comma Splices & Sentence Fragments)Ch 16 & Ch 17
Subject-verb AgreementCh 19

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