Category: Writing with Russ

You (Yes, YOU!) Are a Writer

This is part of the periodic series, “Writing With Russ,” where Russell Terry shares with us his expertise and mastery of clear writing and communications. A little over two years ago, I had this exchange on Twitter with my friend Brent Schaeffer, a professor of writing at a community college (and rabid Sounders Fan): (After several attempts … Continued

Writing With Russ: Breaking It Down

This is part of the periodic series, “Writing With Russ,” where Russell Terry shares with us his expertise and mastery of clear writing and communications. In her book, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes that “The Short Assignment” is one of the keys to writing. In fact, the book title comes from when her brother … Continued

Writing With Russ: Exclusion Dictionary

This is the latest installment of “Writing With Russ.” In this blog, Russell Terry, Voter Engagement Advocate for Oregon Secretary of State, reflects on working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing.  Warning: this column gets a bit salty. But it does so to help you avoid accidentally being salty in … Continued

Writing with Russ: Top Down Approach

Russell Bither-Terry, Voter Engagement Advocate for Oregon Secretary of State, reflects on working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing.  Last time on Writing With Russ, we learned about reading our writing out loud for fun and profit. I didn’t really say anything you can’t find many other places, though … Continued

Writing with Russ: Sound of Your Voice

Russell Bither-Terry, Voter Engagement Advocate for Oregon Secretary of State, reflects on working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing.  By: Russell Bither-Terry – LinkedIn and Twitter   In Kent’s testimonial about the UNC Writing Center, he specifically lists reading his papers out loud as one of the key things he learned from … Continued

Writing with Russ: Two Hats Are Better Than One

Russell Bither-Terry, Voter Engagement Advocate for Oregon Secretary of State, reflects on working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing.  Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball. http://elgl.org

Passive Voice: Who Is Doing What to Whom?

Russell Bither-Terry reflects on his experience working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing. Whether you are an MPA student or a city manager, Russell’s tips can help you in your everyday writing.  Passive Voice: Who Is Doing What to Whom? by: Russell Bither-Terry – LinkedIn and Twitter As if lifeless, wordy prose … Continued

Writing with Russ: Is Passive Voice Evil?

Russell Bither-Terry reflects on his experience working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing. Whether you are an MPA student or a city manager, Russell’s tips can help you in your everyday writing.  An article was written. Passive voice was used. by Russell Bither-Terry Hi folks. I know it’s been … Continued

Writing with Russ: Webbing

Russell Bither-Terry reflects on his experience working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing. Whether you are an MPA student or a city manager, Russell’s tips can help you in your everyday writing.  Webbing by Russell Bither-Terry, September 2, 2014 Today we’ll look at a brainstorming strategy called webbing. Many … Continued

Writing with Russ: You’re Always Being Graded

  Russell Bither-Terry reflects on his experience working at the UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center to bring you tips for clear, concise writing. Whether you are an MPA student or a city manager, Russell’s tips can help you in your everyday writing.  People are still grading your writing by: Russell Bither-Terry, Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter August 14, 2014 One of the … Continued

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