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November Master Class Series – Write Tight(er) Workshop for Professional Speakers: A Time-Saving, Pain-Free Technique for Selling Yourself and Your Products Through Your Words

November 21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

- $10.00

Every great speaker is first a writer. Whether you’re writing an email, a blog post, a speech, an article, a web page, a book chapter, or a conference proposal, you want to create concise, compelling messages that win people over. But even the best writers use too many words, filler words that dull their messages and turn readers off. Who knows what opportunities you may have lost due to writing that you didn’t even know was flabby?

Marcia has spent her career perfecting a time-saving, pain-free technique that all writers can use to eliminate filler words (and sentences and paragraphs) from their text and bring their writing to a 24-carat, attention-getting luster.

In this hands-on workshop, you will do the following:

1.) Define “conciseness.” Hint: it doesn’t mean “short.”

2.) Identify filler words. Immediately recognize words that you can delete—filler words, junk words, useless words—opening opportunities to tighten your text for greater impact and success. No studying, no memorizing. This system takes the guesswork out of concise writing by showing you exactly what to look for. Once you’ve got this technique down, you’ve got it forever.

3) Transform a piece of your own writing. Bring in something you’re working on, something you care about, something that could boost your career as a speaker. Need a better opening paragraph on your home page? Working on a proposal? Bring it. We’ll transform it. You’ll leave knowing how to transform everything else you ever write.

Join us, and find out why professional speaker and bestselling author Julie Fast says, “In ninety minutes, Marcia’s workshop profoundly changed the way I write.”

Who is Marcia Riefer Johnston?

Marcia has run a technical-writing business for … a long time. She studied under Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff in the Syracuse University creative-writing program. She taught technical writing in the Engineering School at Cornell University. She has done writing of all kinds for organizations of all kinds, from the Fortune 500 to the just plain fortunate.

Marcia has written for the scholarly journal Shakespeare Quarterly, the professional journal Technical Communication, and the weekly newspaper Syracuse New Times. Her words have landed on billboards, blackboards, birthday cakes, boxes of eggs, and the back of her book, a #1 best seller on Amazon under Writing Skills: Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them). Copies will be available to purchase after the workshop.

Please visit http://howtowriteeverything.com for more Marcia’s work.

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.


November 21, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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NSA Oregon


George Fox University
12753 SW 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97223 United States
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