FASS 200 - Writing right: Strategies for effective revision

Improve your writing skills

Provides an opportunity for students to undertake a close revision of a previously written paper in order to learn how to improve the clarity, economy, and flow of their writing. Activities are designed to teach students how to revise their work more effectively. The writing and revision strategies worked on in this course are applicable across all disciplines.

FASS 200 Writing right: Strategies for effective revision has two sections offered which run from May 9 - June 6, 2023 and May 11 - June 8, 2023. Complete it before the workload of your other classes kick in!

What you will learn and when it is offered

What you'll learn

  1. Through a series of low stakes writing activities, gain an awareness of how past writing experiences have shaped your understanding of who you are as a writer.
  2. Understand that strong writing comes through focused revisions.
  3. Revise your own work using a variety of strategies to improve clarity, economy and style.
  4. Learn how to thoughtfully critique the work of peers.
  5. Incorporate revision suggestions of peers into your work.

When it is offered

Location: Burnaby Campus


  • May 9
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • May 30
  • June 6


  • 10:30 am - 1:20 pm

Location: Burnaby Campus


  • May 11
  • May 18
  • May 25
  • June 1
  • June 8


  • 10:30 am - 1:20 pm

Course instructor

Kimberly O'Donnell

Kimberly O’Donnell is the Research Facilitator in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. In her role, she specializes in grant proposal development, working with faculty members to create strong applications through an iterative process of editing and revision. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of English at SFU, and has published on the significance of embodied responses in Victorian literature; changes in digital humanities pedagogy; and the representation of consent in animal-human relationships. She holds a PhD in English from SFU, and has taught English courses in a variety of subjects.

Kimberly looks forward to teaching this course because she understands the challenges of translating your complex ideas and arguments into writing, and the importance of balancing your personal voice and writing style with the requirements of the task. Students taking this class will learn how to use revision to help them with both.

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