Applied Wordsmithing 1: Writing to Involve, Enchant and Persuade – March 8-9, 2022



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Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Whether you write fiction, Facebook posts or commercials for traditional media – you are a writer.  And understanding exactly what makes good writing good will improve what you put on the page and how you communicates with  humans

Applied Wordsmithing is a surprising series of short writing assignments designed to teach you how to write clearly, simply and directly.  And they work like the dickens.

If you’re like most who have taken the class – a group that has included everything from beginners to Pulitzer Prize winning authors – you’ll write more easily.  You’ll lose the idea that you need to write “pretty.”  Or that you need to be “creative.”

You’ll learn that beautiful writing is less about the beauty of the words themselves. You’ll learn that beautiful writing is the clear communication of your ideas,  images and ideas.

You’ll learn the most important thing the modern writer can:  how to say the damned thing!



COVID: We don’t care if you take a vaccine or not. Politics has nothing to do with it. The fact is there are people on campus whose entire livelihood and income depend on their ability to smell and taste. It’s not perfect, but we’re doing what we can to mitigate risk.

So, as it stands we’re asking everyone attending to either provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of attending class.

If neither of the above two options are palatable to you then it would be best not to sign up for an in-person class at this time.

If you have any questions, you can contact Vice Chancellor Dave Young at or 512-295-5700.

Here’s a short video from Chris Maddock on Brandable Chunks. Chris teaches this class.