NIDAnights: The Active Voice with The Good Copy

Venue: NIDA Melbourne | Suite 4 | 152 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Date/Time: 15 Nov 2017 - 15 Nov 2017

‘When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair.’ — EB White

Writing clearly and directly is always harder than it seems. Whether you’re drafting an essay, an article or an email, it can be so easy to start with a clear thought and end up in a tangle. Often, the advice people give is just to ‘write in the active voice’. But, honestly, what does that mean?

In this 90-minute workshop, we’ll explore what Joan Didion might have been getting at when she said, ‘Prune it out, clean it up, make the point.’ Expect fun written exercises, video clips and examples covering:

  • the grammar of the active voice (literally, what is an ‘active’ clause?)
  • some practical methods for shortening and tightening your sentences
  • tips for avoiding cliché, banishing jargon and being generous to the reader
  • eye contact and spoken-ness as editing tools (making sure that your writing, as Kurt Vonnegut put it, doesn’t ‘disappear up its own asshole’).

Presented by NIDA with

The Good Copy Logo


15 November 2017, 6.30pm

NIDA Melbourne | Suite 4 | 152 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

Price: $30

About The Good Copy

The Good Copy is a writing school, a publisher and a shop for word people. Their proudly nerdy team runs a range of classes and workshops, curates an online bookshop and hosts Collingwood’s longest-running crossword club. The Good Copy’s flagship courses are Stop. Grammar Time. and Write Right — presented by Penny Modra, arts writer and ABC Radio Melbourne 'grammar enthusiast', and Meredith Forrester, author of Make Grammar Great Again, forthcoming with Thames & Hudson, 2017. From editorial to ad copy, syntax to style, they explore grammar basics and writing tactics in a clear, practical and fun way.

Visit The Good Copy website.

About NIDAnights

NIDAnights is an annual calendar of events including workshops, masterclasses, performances and roundtables, presented in partnership with change-makers in the creative ecosystem of Melbourne. The nights, hosted at our intimate NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank, launch on 15 November and will take place in the midst of every month. Join us for an opportunity to open your minds, stimulate your senses and warm your hearts – in good surrounds, with good company and over good wine.

See our upcoming schedule of NIDAnights here.

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