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Writing Workshop

February 7, 2015

Dr. Glenn Brown

Organized Reasoning and Building Strong Arguments: Tools for Improving Professional Writing Workshop

 Thursday, February 12th

 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 Room MCML 350

Professional and academic writing constantly uses reasoning to reach conclusions. That process is called ‘argument’. Not argument meaning ‘quarrel,’ but argument meaning a series of reasons, leading to conclusions, targeted for a specific audience. Most professionals are not formally trained in organized reasoning. Therefore they do not know there are many techniques of argument that organize ideas and help an audience better understand the reasoning in written presentations. Professionals must produce many complex documents and using the tools of argument can make them easier for audiences to understand. And easier for authors to write!

This four and a half hour workshop will share guidelines for organized reasoning, which apply to all professional technical writing. The workshop addresses principles of argumentation, points out common errors in professional writing and shows how to bring better argument into technical report writing. It includes opportunities for discussion and practice, pizza dinner and breaks for refreshment and discussion. A handout documenting the main ideas will be provided.

The workshop is limited to 20 people and is now full. E-mail Julie Wilson (julie.wilson@ubc.ca) to be placed on a wait list if you are interested in attending.

Workshop Leader: Dr. Glenn Brown has over 25 years experience as an ecologist and educator specializing in environmental management. He has worked on environmental projects for industry, government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and other countries. He currently teaches courses on Ecosystem Science and Management and on Analytical Thinking and Communications in the Master’s program in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada and works as an independent consultant.

The Spring Seminar Series Schedule can be found here.

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