Event Profile

Simple Tips to Sharpen Your Writing

February 21 — 22, 2023
Mason Co. PUD #3

Who Should Attend:

Any person that writes at work.

Course Overview:

This two-day workshop will sharpen your everyday English skills to make you a better writer at the office. You'll learn to apply the following 17 effective writing principles for clear, persuasive workplace documents that are to the point.

Course Objectives:

  • Resisting pressures that lead to gobbledygook.
  • Understanding experience vs. education as a basis for writing confidence.
  • Serving your reader, not yourself.
  • Defining what is good job-related writing.
  • Using practical grammar: clarity over correctness.
  • Organizing ideas quickly and effectively.
  • Writing paragraphs to make key ideas easy to spot.
  • Learning how to write the Memo Report.
  • Building bridges between paragraphs.
  • Shrinking sentences to readable size.
  • Keeping only what's meaningful.
  • Writing in the active voice—the key to powerful writing.
  • Choosing the right keywords.
  • Punctuating properly.
  • Learning the seven word-focus faults for revising.
  • Editing techniques that place words in clear order.
  • Measuring reading difficulty with the Gunning Fog Index.

Course Instructor:

Jordan Peabody, Peabody Communications

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on the first day, and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided on both days.

Course Location:

Mason PUD 3
2621 E Johns Prairie Road
Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 426-8255

Suggested Hotels:

Little Creek Casino
91 West State Route 108
Shelton, WA, 98584
(800) 667-7111

La Quinta Inn & Suites
4600 Capitol Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 352-5433

Hilton Garden Inn
2101 Henderson Park Ln SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 236-9934

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 1/22/23): $920
Utility Member Standard: $995

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 1/22/23): $1,380
Associate Member Standard: $1,455

Non-member Early Bird (ends 1/22/23): $1,840
Non-member Standard: $1,915

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.
For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact Gail Patterson, Registrar, via email, Gail@nwppa.org, or call (360) 816-1450. 

Safety Measures:

As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.