Stephen Henderson’s writing workshop had the Jacob Spori Building brimming with students ready to learn how to improve their writing skills on March 5. As students found their seats, Henderson got straight to the point on how students can improve as writers.
The first thing Henderson, a communication professor, taught in his workshop was that writing is like building a house. Students can build a house by first writing a draft and framing it out; then, step by step, polishing the details to make the final piece charming.
“For if writing builds a house, nothing but revisions will complete it,” Henderson said.
Writers shouldn’t worry too much about what they write, as long as they put something on paper. Then they should go back and revise their writing multiple times to embed the details.
For students to see the benefits of editing, Henderson had a writing activity that involved students writing a short five sentence biography of themselves. After they finished, he asked them who they thought were the readers when they were writing their biographies. He explained the value of knowing yourself and your audience.
Jeff Hatch, a junior studying communication, said what he took from the workshop.
“I learned the importance of sentence flow and how to structure my writing in a way that appeals to my audience,” Hatch said.