Yesterday, I was invited to give a talk about writing in a pre-academic training program to a group of graduate students from Kazakhstan at Saint Peter’s University. Usually, international students with a modest background in the English language are required to attend the pre-academic training before starting their actual degree programs. The pre-academic sessions are designed to address the inadequacy of fluency in English, which includes writing, reading and speaking.
Although some of these students were admitted to excellent universities such as Columbia, New York University and Cornell University, they were still required to go through the training. I talked to the group about a broad overview of writing. Because of the limited amount of time, I touched briefly upon some major topics in three parts.
In part I: writing, I talked about writing, editing, the philosophy behind writing and types of writing. In part II: tips and tricks, I talked about the essential do’s and don’ts, tips for beginners, myths about writing, email-writing etiquette and finally essay writing. In part III: writing tools, I talked about the tools and applications writers use to edit their work. Grammarly and plagiarism checkers are popular among students and writers in general.
Finally, I recommended a list of books on different types of writing. For professional writers, I included questions they should ask themselves every day. You can read the details in the presentation slides I have attached to this post.
You can Download the presentation in pdf below: