As a published writer having chronicled more than 20 years of expertise in multiple genres and media, I am seeking to enlighten, educate, and enhance the complete writing experience of individuals who are focused on improving their writing and communications skills.
Since 1989 I have been a regularly professionally published writer, including in sports--specifically in generating game stories, features, and columns. In addition, I have written numerous published computer graphics-specific software reviews and industry columns, visual effects studio features, and features on 3D-graphics specialists and studios using MAXON Computer's CINEMA 4D to produce CG imagery for print, scientific, and feature-film applications.
Furthermore, I also have written published articles on such subjects as fitness, bowling, generalist-interest topics, public relations, and news. My overall experience spans the print daily-newspaper, tabloid-format, print news-release, and online media. I also have served as a public-relations officer at a university, a sports information director at a college, and as a photographer in on-staff and freelance capacities. Still more, I have authored and self-published authoritative documents on highly technical theological/biblical issues.
Finally, much of my work regularly has involved extensive research effort: from sports to news, to computer graphics, to Christian theology and biblical source-text issues. (This research and resulting organizational work has entailed rapid information analysis, processing and implementation into the emerging writing works.)
My structure and methodology in tutoring largely match my developmental-writing framework and emphasis in transferring practical, efficient, real-world techniques into salable written results: 1) information gathering through observation and data compilation; 2) information processing and organization; 3) information implementation into writing works; 4) developing active, concise, and incisive--yet thorough--writing works that achieve desired outcomes.
Writing well is a difficult endeavor, even for those who excel at it, and, as such, it requires much forethought. Different types of writing, to achieve varying purposes in divergent applications, necessitate somewhat alternative approaches, but the essence of the process is the same: gathering information and assembling it into a logical, sensical volume of words to fulfill--and often exceed--the readers' expectations.
The general structure of my teaching model constitutes the following: 1) Use of reputable, fundamental teaching texts and other such resources in tutelage; 2) Careful student study of proper English sentence structure (grammar, punctuation, spelling)--including execution of sentence diagramming; 3) Emphasis on producing high-quality, functional, marketable writing works (publishable journalism articles, short SEO articles, "lede" paragraphs, research papers, online writing, etc.); 4) Use of electronic mechanisms in researching, studying, formatting, and outputting written works (Internet browsers, search engines, word processors, etc.); 5) Regimented student study of selected samples of varying works--2 or 3; 6) Student production of marketable writing draft(s) of chosen type(s)--2; 7) Student production of final, selected writing assignment; 8) Tutor grading and explanation to student and parent(s)/guardian(s).
Journalism tenets will focus on--among other points--answering the five basic, classic questions--the "Five W's": 1) What? 2) When? 3) Where? 4) Who? 5) Why? (Plus the classic "How?")
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