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Make It Persuasive 

60 min. Video Tutorial 

...the class that should've
been taught in high school.


This is the class that wasn't offered in high school, but should've been. Let me take the wheel for a second - actually more like an hour - and help you make a sharp YOU-turn. In this video tutorial, I spell out the hallmarks of academic writing and debunk a lot of high school writing myths. The best part, though? I walk you through an essay, one paragraph at a time, one example at a time, teaching you how to unravel an author's points and how to use them to make your own.

Let me show you how to dust off your ideas, put 'em in the spotlight and give 'em the attention they deserve - so you get the results you want. 

Join me in this 60 min. class and learn...

how to express your ideas in a scholarly, yet personal way
how to use academic language to refine your arguments and add the kinds of details that will give your writing an author's edge 
the right and wrong ways to craft a strong academic argument to make sure you sidestep the most common student mistakes 
4 critical reading strategies to take your ideas from 'meh' to A-'MEH'- ZING!
3 ways to think about language to choose the right words and make your point stand out 
how to add your own personal style and why it's necessary if you want to skyrocket your grades

I absolutely LOVED the Make It Persuasive seminar, and I would 100% sign up for any future seminars. Every word you spoke was so valuable. I could attend this seminar over and over again and still take something new out of it each time.


A very well organized and well presented seminar. Jenn provided the tools and resources necessary to writing a thoughtful and effective paper. She used a sample essay to demonstrate her key points and provided a printable resource to use throughout the presentation that included tips, examples and space to take notes - a useful tool for all future papers.

simply AMAZING!

Jenn touched on aspects of writing that I'd never (ever) been taught to consider. She provided incredibly insightful ways to approach critical thinking, supporting arguments, even word choice. Jenn skills you in a manner that works to elevate your personal style and voice. I actually left wanting to write a persuasive essay for no reason.



Push Your Thinking
Pull Up Your Grades!


I created this video tutorial with a specific student in mind. Let's see if you're that student....

You're often told to explain your ideas more.


You rely on big words and "floow-fy" sentences to make your ideas sound better.  


You think grandiose statements and bold claims are at the heart of a convincing argument.


You know you need to read critically, but you're not sure what that really means. 


You're not sure what kind of content profs really want




You write to be right.
You think formal writing is a synonym for bland.
I get it. A lot of academic journals are a little (insert big yawn). But, essays that make the grade aren't.
Your intro opens with, "In this essay...," it's followed by 3 body paragraphs, and then the words "In conclusion..." appear
No grammar rules. No complicated reading passages. No philosophizing or theorizing about how to best construct an argument. This class is all about showing you practical ways to read and write more like a scholar with a touch of your own writerly style.

Give me 60 mins. and you'll...

be able to spot and correct the most common rookie writing mistakes made by uni/college students
know how to add details that will make your writing stand out and show off your great ideas
have a set of active reading strategies that you can use to dig into any type of text
write punchier sentences to make sure your new, insightful ideas are given the attention they deserve
think more like a scholar when writing an essay, and less like a student

Read So You're Ready to Write

Crack Open the Text and Pull Out Your Ideas


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Is there anything more frustrating than wanting to write your essay but not knowing what to say? Or, setting aside a chunk of time to write only to end up with a bunch of half sentences and scribbled out words? Ugh, I've been there. And, let me tell you - because I used to think this was true - blank screens aren't a symptom of poor writing skills. They're a symptom of ineffective reading.

    It's time to end your ongoing and dreadful relationship with the blinking cursor and fill your notes with everything you need to make sitting down to write a reality instead of a dream. In this 1 hour intensive class, I'll give you a strategic step-by-step plan to attack and crack open a text so that when you've finished reading, you'll have a stack of notes filled with the kind of stuff that sparks good academic writing.


  • 60 mins. instruction

  • Read So You're Ready to Write Class Organizer

Read So You're Ready to Write info

Not sure if this class is right for you? Let's figure it out.

When you read, you...

When you write, you...

mostly fill your notes with words and phrases directly from the text

make it your top priority to understand what an author is saying

don't know what is and isn't really important and so you read the same way throughout the text from beginning to end

flip through your notes trying to figure out how to begin

write a few sentences or paragraphs, but feel discouraged because your thoughts are disconnected and all over the place

feel like you have nothing to say, so you begin searching for another article or text hoping it has all the ideas you're looking for

It's possible to spend less time stressing out over what to say and more time writing - and I'll show you how to do it.

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