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Get Me Rewrite: The Craft of Revision

About This Course

"Get Me Rewrite" covers everything you need to improve your writing through the craft of revision. Using fun, interactive activites, you'll explore:

  • Why writers face an uphill battle making time to revise their work and how they cna overcome thinknig their first draft is their best draft.
  • Techniques to improve your writing.
  • How to review your work with fresh eyes (and ears) to catch mistakes and fine-tune awkward passages.
  • How to make a great piece even better by removing unnecessary words.
  • Inspiration and tips form other writers.

Since you're looking at this course, then you have already won half the battle — admitting to yourself that all writers need to revise their copy, no matter how good they are. This course will show you how to do it. And you're sure to learn some amazing thigns about revising your copy, including less is often better.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completing this course, you will know how to:

  • Identify and tag problems in your copy
  • Identify weak verbs and other words in your text
  • Analyze the length of your sentences and pragraphs and determine how long is too long
  • Trim pesky and extraneous words and phrases that bog down your copy

Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone who wants to make his or her writing better by revising it. It's tempting to just write and submit or post, but by taking a little time to look over your work and bolster your words, you will end up with much better and stronger writing.

Course Instructor

Chip Scanlan

Chip Scanlan

Chip Scanlan is an affiliate faculty member of The Poynter Institute. From 1994 until 2009, when he retired as senior faculty for writing, he directed Poynter's writing programs, co-directed the summer fellowship in reporting and writing for college graduates, and taught and led multimedia seminars. He has coached journalists around America, Europe and Asia. His three self-directed News University courses, The Lead Lab, The Interview and Get Me Rewirte: The Craft of Revision regularly rank among NewsU's top courses.


The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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