Workshop on Writing Skills - Things I Learned Today

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Workshop on Writing Skills

Workshop on Writing Skills:

Interestingly, I was standing outside 14-404 and was about to enter to appear for the weekly test, yet all of a sudden, an urge to attend the workshop came into my heart, so I ran towards 29 Block to be a part of workshop in 29-402.
Thankfully, it was not started yet and therefore, I didn't miss anything.
First and foremost, Vasudha Mam introduced herself and gradually began with the workshop.

Need of Writing Skills:
  1. Career Communication,
  2. Technology makes your writing visible.

Three Types of Writing:
  1. Persuasive
  2. Creative
  3. Informative
All the above three types require different approach.

Before you start, know the purpose of your document:
  1. Organize your ideas
  2. Write your First Draft
  3. Understand your audience
  4. Decide on your objectives
  5. Mind Mapping (Clustering)
    1. Take a Blank Page
    2. Write Title on center of the Page
    3. Create a flow chart
    4. Start writing.

Write Faster and Better:
  1. Prepare an Outline
  2. Paragraph frequently (Do not overdo, however)
  3. Present information graphically.
  4. Write and then edit
  5. Read out loud.
  6. Headings (Images)
Knowing the AuthorAuthor's Purpose is as easy as PIE i.e. Persuade; Inform, Entertain.

Persuasive writing tells your opinion.
On this slide, some of the topics were shown as an example out of which one topic was 'Earth is Flat'.
 After looking at this topic, I realized something amazing that encouraged me to write one article on it. It's so wonderful how the imagination gets created through an external environment.

Steps for Persuasive Writing:
  1. Choose your position
  2. Analyze your audience: A persuasive essay must provide specific and convincing evidence.
  3. Research your topic
  4. Structure your essay.

OREOS Concept:
Opinion Restated

Structure of Persuasive Writing:
Body (Facts, Statistics, Quotes, Example)
Conclusion (Restate your thesis or focus statement)

Creative Writing:
  1. Plot
  2. Character
  3. Dialogue
  4. Setting
  5. Theme
Rhetorical Devices:
  1. Allusion: An indirect reference to a mythological, historical or literary.
  2. Analogy
  3. Hyperbole
  4. Metaphor
  5. Oxymoron
  6. Personification
A quote by Robert Frost from Stepping by Woods, in snowing evening.
Informative Writing:
Usually written in 5 paragraphs. 
  1. Introduction 
  2. Body (3 paragraphs)
  3. Conclusion 
Avoid using I, We, Me, You, Our.

Things I Learned from the workshop:
  1. Lack of structure makes you to stuck at some point while writing.
  2. Paragraphs are used, to break your thoughts and make your writing more effective.
  3. When you are in a problem, be creative
  4. That awesome moment when your hunder for knowledge becomes more important than your hunger for food.
Rohit Sood