Writing/editing workshop: Brussels, May 26

After the success of my writing and editing workshops in Geneva, I’m offering one in Brussels on May 26, designed for people in international organizations who write for policymakers and the wider public.

My Geneva workshops have been attended by staff from a wide range of agencies, including UNHCR, ILO, WHO, Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan Foundation, Interpeace, IEC, Medair, HD Centre, ICVA, OCHA, The Global Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization and World Economic Forum.

The workshop includes hands-on exercises and focuses on:

– how to plan, structure, write clearly and revise;

– framing arguments; avoiding jargon; analysing the politics of language;

– writing press releases, opinion articles, speeches, reports, blogs and web pages.

Each workshop is tailored to the needs of its participants, which I assess in advance using a questionnaire and analysis of writing samples.

WHEN: 9:00–17:00, Monday May 26, 2014

WHERE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels

COST: 350 EUR

TO REGISTER: Write to andrew.johnston at mac.com or call +336-6517-3966

Writing workshops: Geneva, May 12 and June 23

I am giving writing and editing workshops in Geneva on May 12 and June 23, designed for people in international organizations who write for policymakers and the wider public.

I have led three workshops in Geneva in the past six months, which have been attended by staff from a wide range of agencies, including UNHCR, ILO, WHO, Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan Foundation, Interpeace, IEC, Medair, HD Centre, ICVA, WTO and World Economic Forum.

The workshop includes hands-on exercises and focuses on:

– how to plan, structure, write clearly and revise;

– framing arguments; avoiding jargon; analysing the politics of language;

– writing press releases, opinion articles, speeches, reports, blogs and web pages.

Each workshop is tailored to the needs of its participants, which I assess in advance using a questionnaire and analysis of writing samples.

WHEN: 9:00–17:15, May 12 and June 23

WHERE: Hotel Eden, 135 rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva

COST: 350 EUR (includes coffee breaks and sandwich lunch)

TO REGISTER: Write to andrew.johnston at mac.com or call +336-6517-3966

Writing/editing workshop: Geneva, March 31

I am going to lead a writing and editing workshop in Geneva on March 31, designed specifically for people in international organizations who write for policymakers and the wider public.

My last two workshops in Geneva were attended by people from a wide range of agencies, including UNHCR, ILO, WHO, Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan Foundation, Interpeace, IEC, Medair, HD Centre, ICVA, WTO and World Economic Forum.

The workshop includes hands-on exercises and focuses on:

– how to plan, structure, write clearly and revise;

– framing arguments; avoiding jargon; analysing the politics of language;

– writing press releases, opinion articles, speeches, reports, blogs and web pages.

Each workshop is tailored to the needs of its participants, which I assess in advance using a questionnaire and analysis of writing samples.

Writing/editing workshop: Brussels, March 10

This workshop has been cancelled. My next one will be in Geneva on March 31.

WORKSHOP: Writing and editing for international organizations, Geneva, November 25, 2013

I’m leading an intensive one-day writing and editing workshop in Geneva on November 25, 2013. It is aimed at communications staff, researchers and others who write for international organisations.

The workshop covers a wide range of writing situations, from reports and press releases to web pages and social media. It includes hands-on editing practice.

The group is limited to 15 people to give all participants a chance to share their needs, questions and experiences.

WHEN: 9:00–17:00, Monday November 25, 2013

WHERE: Room E, CCV, 9–11 rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva 20

COST: 450 CHF or 350 EUR

TO REGISTER: Write to andrew.johnston@mac.com or call +336-6517-3966

TOPICS COVERED:

Writing to communicate: Audiences, goals, register, vocabulary

Planning and drafting: Identifying key messages, structuring a narrative

Powerful writing: strong sentences, paragraphs and transitions

Choosing the best words: Why plain language is smarter

Using the fewest words: Writing concisely, eliminating repetition