Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style,” for 60 years a bible of good writing for many students and adults, is still valuable but has some “cockamamie advice,” says famed linguist Steven Pinker. In an essay titled Writing in the 21st...
We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them. A linguist at Columbia, John McWhorter, says that many text messages and email illustrate that most commas...
Dashes are not a one-size-fits-all answer each time you need to pause. People frequently use dashes interchangeably with the comma: Anytime they want to pause, they just toss in dashes without realizing that the nature of the information dictates whether a dash is...
Because the exclamation point is so overused, readers often don’t feel the excitement. Like most people, you have received email that says such things as, “We’re looking forward to it!!!!” but you’re not sharing quite the same level of...
Dashes and hyphens look to be similar punctuation marks, but they play different roles. Knowing the difference can add clarity to your meaning. A dash sets off information that needs emphasis; a hyphen joins words that are used together to form an adjective. The dash...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
Praise from Clients
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 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
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
After working with Ken, I became a confident, creative writer and went on to have an award-winning consulting business. I would not be having this success were it not for the skills I learned from Ken.
Angelique RewersBon Mot Communications
You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
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.
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.