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Interpretive Writing Course



Interpretive Writing Course - 8 Units and 2 CEU Credits


Are you ready for e-LIVE interpretive training? JVA (John Veverka & Associates) is pleased to offer the first of several e-Live interpretive training courses being developed by Professor John Veverka. We feel that any interpretive training experience should be taught by professional Certified Interpretive Trainers with college level degrees in heritage interpretation (ideally at the M.S. or Ph.D. levels) and/or with years of actual interpretive experience in the courses being offered, to deliver college level interpretive training courses. We also know that while many folks would like to attend formal interpretive training courses, time away from the office/home, course fees, and related travel expenses often made this an expensive proposition. With e-LIVE the coach comes to you.

About the Instructor: Prof. John Veverka



- B.S and M.S in Heritage Interpretation - The Ohio State University
- Ph.D. program in Interpretation at Michigan State University.
- Adjunct Professor Heritage Interpretation (summer heritage tourism institutes) North Carolina State University,
- New York State University. Adjunce Professor, Heirtage Tourism Institute.
- NAI Certified Interpretive Planner and Trainer
- NAI Fellow
- Certified Professional Heritage Interpreter (Canada).
- Author of several interpretive planning/training college text books.
- Publisher of InterpNEWS - the International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine.
- 40 years of interpretive planning, training and writing experience.

Check out my YouTube video about the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhJhAeYT0xo

How does e-LIVE work? Our e-LIVE courses are limited to 10 participants at one time, to allow for maximum interaction with the course instructor. Once one participant completes the course another participant can be added.

- You'll be given course content to read and interact with for each unit.

- JVA will provide you with reading assignments, text book and reference articles as part of the course, that
you keep for your library.

- You'll be given a writing assignment for each unit which you'll send to John for review, comments and writing coaching. You'll be able to talk with John about each assignment via SKYPE, or by e-mail or phone. Thus the e-LIVE opportunity. John will be
your instructor and writing coach who you can talk with at any time about your assignments. Remember that John is in Michigan (Eastern Time Zone), so it's best to e-mail John to set up a time to chat.

- When you've completed each course unit you'll be sent the next unit for the course. Again, you'll be given writing assignments for that unit to submit to John for review, comments and writing coaching.

- When you've completed the eight units you'll be awarded a
Certificate of Completion and 2 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits.

Additionally, you can work on writing assignment for actual projects you may be working on - museum labels, marketing materials or other interpretive writing projects. That is the benefit of
e-LIVE - we are flexible in designing the course to meet your real-world needs.

The estimated completion time of the course is about 20 hours - and you can work at your own pace.


What are the units?


Unit One - What is "interpretation" anyway?
- Review of Tilden's Interpretive Principles
- How to use Tilden's principles in basic text writing.
- Examples of interpretive text using Tilden's Interpretive Principles.

Unit Two - Planning for Interpretive Writing Projects.
- The model of interpretation - planning for developing interpretive text/copy.
* Writing to illustrate an interpretive theme.
* Developing and writing to accomplish interpretive objectives:
+ Learning objectives
+ Behavioral objectives
+ Emotional Objectives
* Who is your audience - writing to connect with different learning styles.
* Where will the writing appear? (Interpretive Panels, Exhibits, leaflets, web sites?).
* Time, energy and costs for writing interpretive text/copy.
* Implementation - getting ready for the final copy.
* Evaluation and pre-testing your copy.

Unit Three - Tangibles, Intangibles and Universal Concepts.
This unit will explore the use of tangibles, intangibles and universal concepts in your interpretive writing. We will provide examples of each in handout materials. Using these concepts is how you'll really be able to connect with and relate to your audience.

Unit Four - Writing with feeling and imagination. In this unit we'll look at using a variety of writing basics in creating really wonderful interpretive copy.
* Active verbs
* Colorful nouns
* Personal words
* Powerful adjectives
* Metaphors
*Analogies
* Similes


Unit Five - Writing for Museum Exhibits. In this unit we'll look at how the label copy needs to work with the graphics and artifacts in the exhibits as well as be interesting and interpretive.
* Writing toward exhibit objectives.
* Writing layers (headlines, main copy text, sub-copy text, captions.
* Copy point size and fonts for museum exhibits.
* Say it in 50 words (Provoke, Relate and Reveal).
* When a word becomes a picture.


Unit 6 - Writing for interpretive panels and wayside exhibits. This unit will follow many of the concepts in the exhibit label copy text writing. Writing for interpretive panels needs to be theme and objective based as well. It also needs to reflect the interpretive plan for the total site the panels will be located in, contributing to the total site interpretive theme presentation.

Unit 7 - Writing for self-guiding trail or tour leaflets. One of the most common writing assignments is developing copy for self-guiding trails or self-guiding walking tours. This unit will look at developing one story illustrated with 7-10 stops.

Unit 8 - Writing to accomplish management objectives. This can include traditional issues such as marketing issues, safety rules and regulations, and related management issues unique to your organization. Projects will be individualized for your particular issues.

Course Costs and Registration.

The cost for the 20 hours training with live interaction with the instructor is $200.00 USD.

You can pay via credit card or Pay Pal. You can also pay by check or purchase order to bill your agency.

Here is how to register for the course:

1. You can start the course at any time and work through the course at your own pace. Feel free to contact John V. if you have any questions about the course. jvainterp@aol.com.

1. If you want to get started, simply go to the
pay now button below to pay the course tuiton by PayPal or Credit Card. They will send JV a notice that you have paid the tuition.

2. Send John an e-mail to confirm you have registered for the course (jvainterp@aol.com) and the e-mail you want John to use to send you your units and assignments to. Note that many of the unit resources are large PDF attachments, so we need to make sure your e-mail box can take large attachments. Some govt. mail boxes don't take large attachments.


3. Once all this business bit is completed, John will send you Unit One and all related course materials and an e-copy of his text book "Interpretive Master Plannning". He will also be happy to chat with you as well to make introductions and get you going.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask.


For payments by check or money order (in USD), mail to:

John Veverka & Associates
5010 Delray Drive
Lansing, MI 4810 USA
jvainterp@aol.com

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