Writing -- Contents
Stories and Essays
Narrow Road to the Deep Bush -- Life in Carp
- Lost Civilization on the Terry Fox Extension
- A Song of Love is a Sad Song
- How far can you drive on $2.00 worth of gas?
- Cecil and the Snow Plow
- Short Drive
At the Agency at Arms Length
Double Solitaire -- the Great Estonian-Canadian Novel
Writing for Job SearchPut in links to job search writing
For thirty years I have been involved in teaching and, well, writing, business and technical documents: correspondence, reports, presentations; letter writing strategies (scenario-based business writing); the basics of technical writing: definition, description, process and instructions; formats for email, memos, letters, reports, résumés, presentations; communication strategies in business with employees, leaders and customers. I am always interested to find new opportunities to apply this experience, so contact me if your would like to talk about something.
Writing for Education: Examples
- For a College Student audience:
- Program Quality Review Reports for programs undergoing cyclic review at Algonquin College
- Online Learning Needs Assessment for Health Canada, Compliance, Monitoring and Liaison Division (CMLD)
- Canadian Overseas Mentorship Experience for ACCC and Algonquin College -- Design of Online Courses for Mentors and protégés.
- E-Learning Strategy for Department of National Defence (HR-Civilian) Director General Learning and Professional Development (DGLPD)
- New Manager Orientation Checklist for Algonquin College, Centre for Organizational Learning and associated SharePoint Site with just-in-time resources for managers
- Business Writing and Presentation for the Information Technology Professional Program (funded by SSHRC)
- Leded Hi-Test: 26 Interviews with Adult Learners Oral history project around returning to school for trades retraining.
Learning About Writing
As I try to learn to write well, I try to focus on my sentences: they give meaning to the words and to think about the writing process. Most of my documents go through a brainstorming stage, then drafting, then revision, sometimes for specific format requirements, often as a result of feedback from my friends. I use inspiration to brainstorm, even when I'm not feeling very inspired and I still like E.B.White's essay about writing well at the end of Elements of Style. Here are some thoughts about that. Document Development Cycle
I got started with mind mapping after reading Tony Buzan's Use Your Head, and have not looked back. As a writing teacher, I found Gabriele Rico's Writing the Natural Way very useful. Now there are online tools, such as Inspiration, which was used to create the mind maps on this website, and Mindmeister, a collaborative online mind map tool with built-in mobile support and chat, which I now use when I'm planning and writing with collaborators as in this example:
If you're interested in learning how to mind-map, you may be interested in notes that I have written about taking notes:
- Note-Taking for Beginners
- Examples of Mind-maps
- Applying Mind-Mapping Techniques to Reading Your Textbook
- Chapter Reading Example
- An Overview Approach to Reading Online Materials
Three Books about Writing that I find helpful
Gallery of Writing I admire (as of 15 June 2015):