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$300.00 (excl GST) Members
$390.00 (excl GST) Non members

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About the Event

Legal writing is the “bread and butter” of a lawyer’s practice. Writing well is harder than it looks, though. For years, we've been told that we should "write like Katherine Mansfield". But how?

This workshop will introduce you to three simple hacks to improve your written work: writing concretely; writing actively; and writing less. It builds on the work of linguistic experts, notably Helen Sword and Steven Pinker. But never fear: the words "subordinate clause" will not feature. We’ll also deploy a fourth tool – “point-first advocacy” – to structure arguments for maximum impact. This learn-by-doing workshop will help you achieve writing excellence.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn the hallmarks of crisp legal writing – concrete, active, brief.
  • Understand the common traps that frustrate clear writing.
  • Practice editing to write well.
  • Develop your skills in “point-first” advocacy.

Who should attend?

All lawyers, but especially those who draft submissions, opinions, or articles.

Feedback from previous sessions:

  • Exceptionally good presenter and very relevant and easy to understand content
  • Clearly identified our key areas to improve writing and explained them
  • Really helpful, practical tips. Many lightbulb moments


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When and Where

  • 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM, 09 Aug 21
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  • National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand

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