What makes a great editor?

By Robert Garran, A few weeks ago, my twitter feed lit up with tweets praising, of all people, an editor who had just died. I could have let them pass by—like so many tweets—but these tweets had great passion. So in a spare moment I followed the link. The tributes brought a tear to my eye: Read more about What makes a great editor?[…]

Commonly confused words

  From the Ethos CRS Editing Team If you want to discover words you’ve never heard of and never thought you’d use, bureaucracies—both government and corporate—can be the place to go. New terms, jargon, acronyms and euphemisms bombard you every day. And not only that—you may be expected to use them! Of course, the best Read more about Commonly confused words[…]

Farewell to Anne McCaig

One of our expert facilitators, Anne McCaig is signing off after five years with Ethos. Monday was her last day and she finished up with a two-hour coaching session at the Department of Health and Human Services. In her five years at Ethos CRS, Anne delivered 231 workshops and dozens of coaching sessions, she wrote speeches and developed Read more about Farewell to Anne McCaig[…]

-ise vs -ize

Using an ‘s’ over a ‘z’ is one of the most obvious differences between Australian English and American English. It’s an area of huge debate—when are the grammar rules of opposing English-speaking countries ever not?—but also of huge confusion. Everyday grammarians are aware that some words must include a ‘z’, no matter the country it Read more about -ise vs -ize[…]

Sticky tales—Tell a story to make ideas memorable

By Robert Garran  ‘A storm is brewing over spectacular Katherine Gorge about Aboriginal land rights.’ Back when I was a rookie journalist on the Age in the 1980s, I wrote an article that began something like that. I’ve forgotten the details, beyond that it was about a land rights claim by the Jawoyn people, but Read more about Sticky tales—Tell a story to make ideas memorable[…]

Structure—A crucial ingredient of successful writing

By Robert Garran I’ve started reading an insightful book by Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times—called Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century—that provides a great example of the importance of structure in driving compelling writing. The book starts with a blurb summing up the argument in two sentences: ‘The West’s domination of world Read more about Structure—A crucial ingredient of successful writing[…]

Creating and nurturing a clear writing culture

These days everyone works as a writer. No matter their background or whether they work as a tinker, a tailor, a soldier or spy. Everyone writes as part of their job—be it emails, reports, business cases, decision briefs or proposals for one thing or another. Some are naturally good at it. They—these gifted few—have an Read more about Creating and nurturing a clear writing culture[…]

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