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207.51 sec. 001 - Survival Writing (Spring 2020)

Instructor: David A. Carrillo  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Stephen Duvernay  
Instructor: Alexandra Robert-Gordon  
Instructor: Brandon Stracener  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Sa 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From February 22, 2020
    To February 29, 2020

Course Start: February 22, 2020
Course End: February 29, 2020
Class Number: 32579

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 32
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This workshop is for the student who wants measurable skill improvement but is unable to make a semester-long time commitment.

Taught on two consecutive full-day Saturdays, this workshop's theme is “survival writing." You will learn to generate your best work in the shortest possible time. The same applies to the instructors: we aim to give maximum learning value for the smallest student time commitment.

The program follows our core principles: NITA-style instruction, rotating instructors, high volume, and variable skills. As always, Bryan Garner is our lodestar.

Each day is divided into hour-long segments. In the week between the two days the students will have take-home writing assignments that will cycle between instructors for editing and revision.

We will cater breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee on both days.


Hour 1 skills: framing, outlining, organization
Hour 2 exercise: group IRAC writing exercise
Hour 3 skills: authority, argument, counter-argument
Hour 4 exercise: timed PT writing assignment
BREAK (instructors edit assignments)
Hour 5 skills: phrasing, clarity, simplicity
Hour 6 review: timed assignments group review
Hour 7 skill: how to edit
Hour 8 exercise: editing

Hour 1 review: homework group review
Hour 2 skills: readability, translate, write like you’re five, finding your voice
Hour 3 skills: executive summary intro para and deep issue
Hour 4 exercise: timed PT writing assignment
BREAK (instructors edit assignments)
Hour 5 skills: polishing, strength, right word
Hour 6 review: timed assignments group review
Hour 7 exercise: coalescence
Hour 8 exercise: editing

No textbooks to purchase, but you will need to download the $25 Garner's Modern English Usage app.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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