Effective editing is done in three steps, in sequence, because you look for something different each time. Frustrated writers often read their copy again and again, only to discover they missed something, and they cannot imagine how. It’s because they try to...
Reconnecting with five or six grammar guidelines would improve a lot of writing. When people think of grammar they often cringe, usually because they have horrifying recollections of English class or because they can’t recall many of the guidelines. But...
E-mail messages and formal memos often are ignored because writers are sloppy with subject lines. Make them specific. Readers are eager to hit the delete button. They are looking for a reason not to read your message, and by not providing specific information in the...
Capitalizing things that clearly should not be in upper case is distracting to readers and sometimes makes them wince. Granted, the English language has a lot of nuances when it comes to grammar, punctuation, and mechanics (capitalization and the use of numbers), and...
When you latch on to new words that surface in the language, you can appear to be trying too hard to be trendy, and it can make you sound artificial. An internal newsletter at the Wall Street Journal cautioned writers recently about word use in their stories, and...
For questions about accepted usage and punctuation, a stylebook is a must Ever wonder whether your company’s “band-aid solution” requires that band-aid be capitalized? And are you closed for a holiday shut-down or a shutdown? These and many other...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
Praise from Clients
The feedback from the 40+ communicators who participated in the workshops was overwhelmingly positive. He is passionate about good writing, and it is contagious when he presents. We’re already planning to have him back.
That was a great presentation. We’re getting rave reviews. It was new information, thoughtfully presented and highly interactive. We loved it! Let’s discuss having you come back.
Laura HamburgPresidentStamford IABC chapter
Ken’s writing workshops received the highest evaluations of any training we’ve done in my five years here.
Kristi WilkinsSenior Director of Marketing CommunicationsPacific Gas & Electric
I learned more about writing in your six-hour session than I learned in four years at Northwestern. Your seminar has given me a renewed interest in good writing and confidence I can improve.
Liz KoreyCushman Amberg Public Relations
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
I am pleased to announce we will be modifying our press release format. The new format is in line with the recommendations of Ken O’Quinn, who has conducted the writing workshops for worldwide PR. While they may seem subtle, the changes are powerful when it comes to conveying a strong, clear message.
Kristin HollinsVice President of CommunicationsOracle
Participating in your course was one of my best experiences in the past few years. It was such a pleasure to be in a room full of people whose goal was to strengthen their writing, and you did a fantastic job of leading the class.
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.
Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
Ken gave one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. He teaches staff how to write properly, clearly and concisely, from e-mails to major planning documents.
Debby ArnoldManagerVisa International
My team had some great feedback on the time they spent with you. They really learned a lot and you received rave reviews.
Susan LintonsmithVice President of CommunicationsRed Robin Gourmet Burgers