Week 2 – Nick Vujicic’s presentation

Optional Study Guide Activity 1: Reflect on Nick Vujicic's presentation According to speechwriting blogger Fletcher Dean (2011a; 2011b), there are five key components to a successful speech. In my opinion, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic (Nick Vujicic - DVD Part 1/11, 2011) successfully incorporated these components into the speech we were asked to examine this week. Dean’s... Continue Reading →


Week 4 – Practice makes perfect

Last week, our study guide included a transcript about an exhibition at Cairns Art Gallery. As an extra activity this week, I rewrote this transcript using the established pattern of writing outlined in our study guide. This pattern is: Indirect quote Direct quote Direct quote Indirect quote/paraphrase Direct quote Direct quote Indirect quote/paraphrase. Here is... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – Practice, practice, practice

This week's extra activity asked me to review the exhibition transcript in my study guide, provide alternative lead sentences and rewrite the first few paragraphs. A lead sentence or paragraph should contain at least four of the five Ws, being who, what, when and where (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 23). The last W and the... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Extra, extra! Read all about it!

Two news stories caught my attention in the trending topics on Facebook over the past few days. In both cases it was the stories themselves that drew me in and not the writing. The first was about Game of Thrones. There have been rumours floating around on social media for the past few months that the... Continue Reading →



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