Human Dimensions of Global Warming

Writing Workshop: Styling My Writing


This Writing Workshop will cover run-on and long sentences, wordy sentences, and adapting to your audience.

Run-On and Long Sentences


Wordiness can stand in the way of demonstrating your mastery of a topic. For the writing we're doing in GEOG 438W, you want to be direct and concise. Supplementing with details and examples is, of course, still important, but let's avoid fluff!

* Some of this material is drawn from: The Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adapting to Your Audience[1]

When you communicate ideas, you need to adapt the way you present those thoughts so they suit the audience. The way you would explain climate change to your grandmother is different from the way you would explain it to a room full of scientists (unless, of course, Grandma is a scientist). 

The information that follows is intended to help you think broadly about your assigned audiences now and in the future. Don't answer the following questions as if the GEOG 438W instructor is always "the audience."

[1] Adapted from Writing@CSU (2007). “Writing guides: Writing Processes: Publishing: Adapting to your audience,” Colorado State University Ft. Collins, CO. Accessed at

Parallel Structure

Parallel structure[1] clarifies writing by creating patterns that readers can easily follow. It demonstrates that the ideas the author is presenting have equal importance. As noted earlier in this course, parallel structure can also help develop coherence within paragraphs.