How do you feel when a job application asks you to “tell us about yourself,” or an advertisement requires you to email a résumé and cover letter? How comfortable are you writing a memo to your boss, a report, or proposal?
If you are nervous about it, you are not alone. That is why you often hear about professional writers suffering from “writer’s block.”
Nevertheless, finding and holding a job today increasingly depends on writing good, clear English — English that produces the results you want. The good news is that you don’t have to have a degree to write clearly. (An advanced education can sometimes, in fact, get in the way, producing jargon few understand.)
Instead, simply attend “Writing Well,” a job readiness program launched in December, 2013 at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham. We’ll show you a few steps that can be learned by anyone at any educational level. Follow these steps, and responding to “tell us about yourself” on a job application will feel more like an opportunity than a chore.
Materials needed: bring a notebook and pen
- Text: William Zinsser – “How to Write Well” — 30th Anniversary Edition
- Certificates of Completion awarded
- Workshops led by experienced writers, editors, employers, and entrepreneurs
– Space is Limited – Good Time is Possible