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Transportation Seminar Series
Writing, Editing, and Rewriting

Sep 13, 2011 (2:00 - 2:50 p.m., IACC 422)

Communicating by writing is critical in our academic and professional lives. Errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling or poorly constructed sentences can cast the rest of our work in an unflattering light. Conversely, the ability to clearly communicate our ideas and accomplishments will enhance our ability to collaborate and achieve. For many of us, it has been a long time since we were introduced to grammatical usage and proper punctuation. We tend to "fly by the seat of our pants" and hope the spell check and grammar functions of our computer catch the most blatant errors. This seminar will remind you of commonly broken rules and help you avoid some frequent errors. It will address the principle behind the rules so you can learn from your mistakes and improve your writing skills. You will also receive a checklist and pointers to other resources that will help you evaluate your own writing prior to submitting it for a class assignment or to an editor for publication.

Thomas Jirik, Communications Coordinator, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute – NDSU

Tom Jirik has been involved in university communications for more than 20 years. Before that he was a newspaper editor and columnist. He has been the communications coordinator for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute for 8 years. He oversees the production of the UGPTI's electronic and paper publications and provides direction for the institute's public information efforts. He is also involved in grant writing and development of material intended for legislators and other decision makers.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050