CRANFORD — While you may have excellent skills in your particular area of expertise, an additional skill of effective writing is essential for success in the employment marketplace. With an emphasis on the quick writing commonly associated with texting and e-mails, often employees lack the proper grammatical, sentence structuring, and paragraph development skills that may distinguish them from their competition in the marketplace.
Union County College will present an eight-week, professional development course, “Effective Writing” that addresses just this issue and many more as related to writing style and grammar. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 20 through Nov. 8 at the college’s Cranford campus.
“Effective Writing” will assist people in the workplace, the unemployed, recent college graduates and current students, and even prospective book writers to enhance their writing skills through an intensive overview of style, grammar, and analysis of a written piece.
The course will cover such topics as assessing and targeting the intended audience, word usage and eliminating unnecessary words, sentence structure, and paragraph development, among other topics. While classes are structured, the flexibility is there to enable every student to have his/her writing concerns addressed appropriately. The course will feature in-class and take-home writing assignments, practical exercises and worksheets, and extensive discussion of how to adapt one’s writing to meet employment and special-interest needs. Students will be able to reference a textbook, workbook, and class notes as supplements to classroom instruction.
Additionally, the college will introduce this fall a related course, “Effective Writing II” for those who are well advanced with their writing skills, as well as for those who have already completed the “Effective Writing” course. “Effective Writing II’ will specifically address individual writing needs through extensive hands-on training. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 27, also at the Cranford campus.
The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. To register for the courses or for further information, call the college’s Office of Continuing Education at 1-908-709-7600.