A few tips for consolidating Class Notes (for CLTs):
- Consolidate your class's notes into a 1000-1200 word submission
- Write the narrative in the third person.
- Name formats (note the direction of the apostrophe; it is a common error):
o Mike Pope ’12
o Jane X. Harper Doe ’78 and John Q. Doe ’76
o Jane F. Doe M-D’50
- Use quotation marks to quote a class member directly.
o Ex. John Q. Doe ’76 was recently “thrilled to shake the hand of Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousefzai,” at a chance meeting in a Boston coffee shop—so thrilled that he forgot to ask for an autograph.
- Punctuation: Do not use the serial comma. Periods and commas go inside quotation marks.
o Removing phrases like “in order to” and “so that” can sharpen and shorten the text.
o Cut redundant pairs (“true facts,” “end result”)
o Consider using possessive instead of “of.”
o Adverbs are rarely necessary. (This demonstrates justified use.)
o If you’re really interested in exploring ways to cut, here is a great place to start: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/572/02/
- A comprehensive guide on LU style and usage can be found here: lawrence.edu/info/offices/communications/style_guide
Finally, keep in mind that, prior to publication, your edited submissions will be proofread by staff—do not feel pressured to achieve perfection! Your contribution is truly appreciated.