Occasionally using an introductory clause or phrase adds variety to sentence structure, but keep the opening elements short. The goal of a writer should be to create clear, graceful prose that a reader can easily absorb and process. One way to achieve that is through...
We are familiar with the subject-verb-object sentence structure, but a series of consecutive sentences constructed that way is boring to read. Add a little variety to make the writing more lively and more emphatic. Part of what distinguishes good writing is that...
Clarity is always the preeminent concern when writing, and the most important factors that determine a clear sentence are word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation. People often associate clarity with sentence length, but a 55-word sentence can be immediately...
The simple, direct sentence is a key element of clear writing, but if you want to distinguish your prose from all the mediocrity, vary sentence structures. The ability to craft sentences for a purpose, such as to create variety or emphasis, is a hallmark of good...
By Ken O’Quinn
Focus on Them
As a contributing author in this book on leadership, Ken offers insights and tips for managing difficult conversations, providing effective feedback, and being authentic. Order here.
Perfect Phrases for Business Letters (McGraw-Hill)
Provides the right words and phrases for any situation - quickly. The book was reprinted in Japanese because of high-volume sales there.
TD at Work — Business Writing for Managers
The Association for Talent Development invited Ken to write this 22-page booklet for the TD at Work series.
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
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
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 learned more helpful tips than in any other writing course in the past 40 years. As an engineer, knowing the “why” is important.
David EiermanMotorola Solutions
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.
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
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
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.