LawProse Lesson #393: Good writing isn’t dead.

LawProse Lesson #393: Good writing isn’t dead.

It’s only slumbering. It can be awakened through study and practice. It takes time and effort.

Some villains poison, strangle, and knife good writing by pandering to credulity and indolence—promoting the false belief that there’s a quick-and-easy method that will magically improve writing with miraculously little work.

At LawProse, we promote good writing as a lifelong endeavor. It’s rather like cultivating good judgment, which is hardly a common characteristic. In important ways, good writing involves good judgment. We provide specific guidelines for achieving excellence—but we offer no easy panacea.

Many think of good writing as having to do mostly with motion practice and briefs, when in fact it permeates much of every lawyer’s day—in emails, text messages, and letters. Good thinking underlies all good writing.

Mind you, all lawyers can write. But few can write well—really well. That’s what we focus on.

We’re realists. And we’ve already made career-changing differences in the lives of thousands of lawyers who cared to apply themselves. Are you among them? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your experience after taking a Bryan Garner seminar. Write to us at

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You'll also learn what doesn't work and why—know-how gathered through Professor Garner's unique experience in training lawyers at the country's top law firms, state and federal courts, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.

Professor Garner gives you the keys to make the most of your writing aptitude—in letters, memos, briefs, and more. The seminar covers five essential skills for persuasive writing:

  • framing issues that arrest the readers' attention;
  • cutting wordiness that wastes readers' time;
  • using transitions deftly to make your argument flow;
  • quoting authority more effectively; and
  • tackling your writing projects more efficiently.

He teaches dozens of techniques that make a big difference. Most important, he shows you what doesn't work—and why—and how to cultivate skillfulness.

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