Writing for the Web

$175.00

Dates: October 5 - November 1

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

In this four-week course, you will learn how to write web copy that is succinct, understandable, and engaging. You will discover how users read online and the importance of focusing on your essential messages, using space effectively, and treating your website as a conversation with your users. You will learn how to establish a consistent voice and tone, and how to use such techniques as layering information, exploiting the power of parallelism, making good use of links, and keeping active space in your content. You will also learn how to best use bulleted and numbered lists and tables in presenting your web content, as well as the importance of producing alternative text for visually impaired users.

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Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Many users come to your website for information, and their ability to interpret the information you provide will make the difference between a good and a bad user experience. In this four-week course, you will learn how to write web copy that is succinct, understandable, and engaging. You will discover how users read online and the importance of focusing on your essential messages, using space effectively, and treating your website as a conversation with your users. You will learn how to establish a consistent voice and tone, and how to use such techniques as layering information, exploiting the power of parallelism, making good use of links, and keeping active space in your content. You will also learn how to best use bulleted and numbered lists and tables in presenting your web content, as well as the importance of producing alternative text for visually impaired users. Through examples, activities and hands-on practice, you will hone your skills in writing using active voice, straightforward sentences, and cutting unnecessary words.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Heidi Burkhardt

Heidi BurkhardtHeidi Burkhardt is a Web Project Manager & Content Strategist at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, she leads efforts around the library website, as well as projects for other platforms and applications within the web presence. Heidi consistently brings a content strategy lens across projects and advocates for thoughtful, well written content. She previously Heidi Burkhardt is a Web Project Manager & Content Strategist at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, she leads efforts around the library website, as well as projects for other platforms and applications within the web presence. Heidi consistently brings a content strategy lens across projects and advocates for thoughtful, well written content. She previously served as the User Experience Specialist at Michigan and has over 10 years of experience in libraries. Heidi holds a B.A. in English from Oakland University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Wayne State University.Instructor for: Writing for the Webserved as the User Experience Specialist at Michigan and has over 10 years of experience in libraries. Heidi holds a B.A. in English from Oakland University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Wayne State University. Instructor for: Writing for the Web

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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