Words matter to God. As Christians, we should certainly have pure thoughts and honest words, but it matters to God also that our words are well crafted so that we communicate our message with clarity and power. This class is designed to equip the student to accomplish precisely that. How do ordinary people think extraordinary thoughts, speak unusually powerful words, or write things down in a way that lots of people want to read them? They must learn how this is accomplished and work to achieve it. In this course, students will approach research and writing from these areas of focus amongst many others:
- History of Rhetoric: How have others taught and learned about communication?
- Research: Why write if I don’t have anything to say?
- Correctness: Is it ever right to be wrong?
- Revision: What do I do if this just isn’t working?
- Delivery: Are you listening?
- Tips from Great Communicators: What works for other people?
The classical scholars taught their students how to look for ideas everywhere and in everything, and they taught their students how to organize those ideas so that they could be effectively communicated. This class is designed to teach the student how to arrange ideas with clearly embedded directions so that audiences can follow thoughts. Upon completion of this class, the student will be better equipped to think deeply, speak logically, and write effectively to change lives.