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CLS Class Highlight – Writing for Success

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What class?

LSTD 2700: Writing for Success

Why is it cool?

Have you ever received an email or text that seemed rude, but the sender meant to be sarcastic? Perhaps due to the lack of context, emoticons or punctuation, your relationship suffered as a result of a quickly sent remark. In life, thought and expression, an idea is only as good as how you convey it. Speaking to someone face-to-face has the benefit of including facial expressions, inflections and tone to help us say what we mean. Writing, however, can be more problematic.

Bodily cues aren’t present in writing. Without proper punctuation, context and formatting, we might never know if emotions like excitement or questions are being expressed. Classical Greek is a great example of this. Spaces between words do not exist and punctuation is sparse, causing sentences to run together. Scholars are left to debate the message being conveyed. In Writing for Success, students will learn how to assimilate an effective presentation of thoughts, information and arguments through writing, lending to an overall more progressive way of communicating.

In Writing for Success, you will explore technical and organizational strategies for successful writing. These include topic choice, outlines, APA formatting, summaries, sentence structure, citations, grammar and punctuation. By the end of the course, you will be able to create theses statements, summaries, paraphrases and descriptions, as well as draw upon fine-tune editing skills. Most importantly, this course will show you how to evaluate research for viability from both print and online sources, take notes on sources to avoid plagiarism and utilize the sources to prove your thesis statement. As a result of your newfound communication skills, every aspect of your life will be at a greater advantage, especially in academics and the workforce.

Whether you’re arguing with a work colleague about using the oxford comma, or citing in Chicago Manual of Style versus APA, Writing for Success fosters lifelong learning long after you’ve graduated. We live in the information age, and almost all of that material is at the click of our fingers. Even libraries are becoming virtual. From social media to the speech you need to present at work, knowing how to assimilate those ideas is critical to conveying your message. So, the next time you’re about to send a quick, sarcastic reply, remember to ask yourself, “Am I conveying my thoughts and myself in the most successful way?”

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Deah Caldwell
Deah Caldwell is a Future Student Services advisor for the College of Liberal Studies. In 2010, she earned her master’s degree in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS web content efforts.

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