You have at your fingertips a set of lessons in professional writing style that gives you explanations, examples, exercises, and answers for the following topics:

  1. Preferring Active Voice
  2. Denominalizing (turning verbs masquerading as nouns back into verbs)
  3. Trimming Fat
  4. Reducing Jargon
  5. Unraveling Adjective-Noun Strings, Reducing Preposition Sprawl
  6. Using Parallel Form
  7. Being Emphatic and Coherent
  8. Using Modifiers
  9. Choosing the Right Words
  10. Mastering Punctuation
  11. Using Ethical and Inoffensive Language
  12. Finding the Right Tone

These units of instruction are deliberately ordered in the sequence shown above; they build upon one another, and sometimes a lesson will refer to an earlier lesson. However, unless your instructor otherwise directs, you are free to work through these tutorials selectively, and in any order you choose. You know your own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe.

These lessons will strengthen your stylistic power no matter what your discipline, but they will be particularly helpful to you if you are a student, or professional, in engineering, science, business, or technical communication. These tutorials do not attempt to take you through every possible aspect of style, but they focus on core topics: the most important stylistic guidelines for professional writing. I know that writing style is not everyone's favorite topic of study, so I've done my best to make these tutorials enjoyable and fast paced.

   
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