Hello folks, and thank you for attending Keys to Effective Editing for NOAA in Hawaii, 2019. This page serves as the repository for all course PPTs, handouts, and ancillary materials. Because some of this material is copywritten, I request that you do not share this page with anyone who was not in attendance at the class. Please feel free to download the materials on this page and use them in your own work.

Tones describe the relationships we wish to cultivate with our audiences.
Forecasting statements tell our reader what to expect in terms of organization. They should be followed by corresponding subheadings to guide the reader through the document.
As editors, we act as surgeons when we fulfill our external responsibilities to shape a document so it is professional and legally defensible. We act as family practitioners when we give feedback to our writers helping them revise our documents and improve their performance.
When a paragraph is missing a topic sentence, outline the topics and piece the language together to create a topic sentence.
When a paragraph lacks organization, outline the topics it covers and find/impose a logic on it.
When we are tempted to edit by hand, check to see whether a digital solution is available, because these solutions help us work more efficiently.
Graph showing what happens to students’ (and writers’) willingness and ability to learn as they process increasing amounts of information. A good reminder not to overload writers with too much feedback.
These words have a unique set of comma rules, distinguishing them from conjunctive adverbs like “however” and “therefore.”
A miscellaneous compilation of some of the items we discussed during the Grammar Refresher.