Last night I had the opportunity to present some thoughts on being a writer in a community setting. I was with Trent University graduate students in Peterborough, Ontario. They were animated and curious about how to contribute their research findings with the broader public, and engage in public debate. Most of all, I was happy for the chance to reflect on what I have learnt from so many writers – teachers of “wild writing”, and those who know writing as a daily practice; activists in the literacy movement who work for social justice through the principles of “Clear Language and Design”; grammarians; colleagues who see good process reflected in the effort of composing briefing notes; and communications activists who, in teaching media skills in the context of organizing and community campaign work, ask writers to join their individual voices with a collective endeavour. Here is the visual presentation I shared last night. It’s a Prezi- just open up in a full screen, and mouse over the bottom and middle of your screen to reveal the arrows. Click through and enjoy!
11 thoughts on “Writing for a Non- Academic Audience: Advocacy, Opinion and Communication”