Of all the tools in a professional's toolkit, writing may be the most crucial-and elusive. Everyone is called on to write, whether it is an email, memo, proposal, report, article, or blog post—yet few of us are writers. Pulitzer-winning journalist and O'Melveny & Myers editor Jesse Katz offers advice for cutting through the jargon and clutter that blight everyday discourse, and for discovering our authentic voice and writing clearly, no matter the format or audience.
Takeaway 1: Participants will learn to think of writing as a process—one with four distinct stages—not a product that spills immaculately from the author's fingertips.
Takeaway 2: Participants will learn sentence-level techniques for eliminating clutter and enhancing clarity.
Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to apply the skills learned in this program to both their professional writing projects and career development goals.
Who should attend: All librarians who want to improve their writing, as well as those who want their work to be published
Track(s): General or Core Programs
Holly M. Riccio is the Library Manager for the San Francisco office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Since joining the firm in 2004, she has taken on numerous other responsibilities, including overseeing the local calendar function, acting as the library liaison to the knowledge management department, and developing and leading a firmwide leadership training initiative for managers and supervisors.
Holly is very involved in law library professional organizations at both the local and national levels, having held many elected offices and served on and chaired numerous committees. She has spoken at various conferences and webinars on legal research and law library management, and has also written articles on these same topics. Most recently, Holly was elected to serve the American Association of Law Libraries as their incoming Vice President/President-Elect for 2013-2014.
Jesse Katz is the Editor at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the first in the Firm’s history to hold this position. A former Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles magazine staff writer, he has earned numerous honors over a three-decade career, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN Center USA award for literary journalism, and the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. He is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite Field.