Think Like an Editor: Refresh Your Writing Style for Paralegals Part 1: Effective Writing for Style


Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (09:30 AM-11:00 AM)

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  • Jane Griesdorf, M.A.
    The Writing Consultants

Paralegals in the millennium must do more writing than ever before. Often, however, standard writing styles clutter the prose, making the legal content unnecessarily ponderous and difficult. Building from the principles highlighted in previous programs, these two webinars will show you how to invigorate your writing style so that it becomes light, bright, and persuasive. The 1.5-hour webinar will include practical models, hands-on exercises, and explanatory critiques to help you understand how to fine-tune your legal-writing style.

Part 1: Effective Writing for Style

  • Make your storylines relevant, easy-to-follow, and instructive
  • Provide context before detail and avoid data dumps
  • Observe point-first order at every level of your document
  • Screen word choice carefully to limit legal jargon
  • Use verbs versus nouns and strategically activate your writing
  • Strive for rhythm, grace, and flow with effective transitions and varied sentence structure

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