David Strahan is the founder of Write First Draft – a service that helps clients absorb the principles of clear writing, avoid common pitfalls, and develop an ear for effective language. He runs day-long or half-day seminars to groups of different sizes, through an interesting and highly interactive mixture of slide presentation, class work and one-on-one tuition. The sessions can be tailored to the needs of the organisation. The aim is to help clients develop their writing skills to the point that their first draft is clear, concise and compelling.
David has been writing for over thirty years. He learned his trade through the exacting discipline of writing for television, first as a reporter for Thames TV, and then for a decade as a business correspondent and producer-director at the BBC, where he made investigative documentaries for The Money Programme and Horizon. David left to write The Last Oil Shock and has since worked as a writer and editor specialising in clean energy. This includes journalism for Bloomberg New Energy Finance and New Scientist, and commercial reports for clients including the Dearman Engine Company and the University of Birmingham Energy Institute.
Bad writing is bad for business – and it’s everywhere. Write First Draft is a new service for companies, universities and public sector bodies that helps their employees learn to produce documents that are clear, concise and compelling.Organisations that invest in these skills will save time and money; reduce the risk of their message being misunderstood or ignored; and maximise their chances of success.
“David led a lively writing-skills seminar with our analysts. It was remarkably popular, with many colleagues asking for copies of the presentation. It made people think about the way they write, what to avoid and the need to do a full read through and first edit themselves.”
Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance