So much pressure. So much to compress. You landed the job way back. You’ve been at it for a year or ten. There’s been the refresher course, the sped-read text-book, a guru lecture or two and the opinions of ‘co-workers’, welcome or not. You’ve suffered the slings, arrows and whimsy of passing creative directors. Above all, you’ve put the in hours, the client time, the short form, the shorter form, the headline options and, well…is that it?
You want to write short and you fancy some objective, improving help. Welcome to a masterclass that’s all about (on the writing front), the less said, the better.
This masterclass is about the ratio of time spent ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’. Pressured to produce nuggets of pitch-perfect, condensed thinking in concise sentences during office hours, this is instead time spent leaning back.
You will consider the concentrated summary; the act of compression; maximum illumination with minimal expression; the written articulation of ideas; compacting the medium of your message. Throughout, brevity is welcome.
In advance, you will be asked to ‘sub’ a particular piece of text, before producing some headlines for another brief tract. Your work will be critiqued with a view to opening up other ways of approaching the same in an exchange, rather than a awaiting a verdict
Gain a refreshing reappraisal of how you currently write.
Understand how tightly edited thinking can lead to better edited writing.
Get it down: thought flows and how to short circuit them.
What’s left unsaid. Examples from conversation. You don’t have to say much.
Become a minimalist. Fun but hard work.
Write shorter than Twitter. Who needs 140 characters?
This masterclass is intended for advertising practitioners who have been in the game for a while. The centre of gravity is ten years in, but the material should prove helpful to all standards – as a refresher, re-booter or pathfinder. The assumption will be that you know your way around the discipline already.
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