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writing Workshops

1. Long-format K+
    every sound is transcribed
    (Time: 30 to 45 minutes; cost:

2. Short-format K+ Speedwriting:
    sound-groups are transcribed
    (Time:  60 to 80 minutes; cost
    This comes with the K+

*Advanced* K+ Short-format
    advanced speedwriting transcription
    shortcut techniques are taught
    (Time:  60 to 80 minutes; cost 

The workshops are interactive.

Historical Evoluton of K+ 
Transcription sound letters have been traditionally
referred to as steno-graphs, the basis of stenography
of which there was about 16 different kinds.

The one most taught in college was Forkner steno-
graphy developed in the 1950s.

Stenography later became to be known as short-

And today, it's called speedwriting.

K+ *Sound-based* Speedwriting
K+ Speedwriting is Forkner stenography *impoved*!

For example, Forkner stenography does *not* always
correctly represent a sound like in the word is.

Forkner stenography transcribes it using the s-sound
letter when it really is a z-sound.

Transcribed acronyms and abbreviations are circled
in K+ Speedwriting to highlight the fact that they are
*not* words. This makes them stand out which makes
them easier to figure out when you are editing and
typing your notes. Forkner stenography does *not*
bother to make this distinction.

Long-format K+ 
The K+ Long-format Speedwriting workshop covers
vowels, vowel blends (diphthongs), consonants+
consonantal combos using the K+ Speedwriting
101 Worksheet.

It's called long-format speedwriting because every
individual sound is transcribed separately.

The K+ 
Speedwriting 101 Worksheet Layout
The 6-vowel and 2-vowel blend sound letters are at
the top of the page; the 16 consonantal sound letters
on the left-hand side, the 4 4-line-based consonantal
sound letters on the right-hand side along with 2-
grammatical-based consonantal sound letters and
the 10-consonantal-combo sound letters.

In the middle of the page are 40 lines where you transcribe
40 words, each illustrating a transcription sound letter.

They are followed by 2 lines at the bottom of the page
where you will transcribe 2 sentences using your newly
acquired knowledge of speedwriting.

The K+ 
Speedwriting 101 Worksheet
The K+ Speedwriting 101 Worksheet covers 40 transcription
sound letters to express every sound of the English language.

K+ Long-format Speedwriting uses 28 letters of the alphabet
as transcription sound letters, 5 horizontal lines (2 of which
each represents 2 different sounds), 2 diagonal lines, 2
punctuation marks+a dot.

Incidentally, K+ Speedwriting 101 Worksheet has only one
joined sound letter: it's 1 of the 2-grammatical-based
consonantal sound letters used to indicated past tense, a
short underline placed under the last letter of a past tense
verb like the word killed.

Speed Features
A main speed feature of K+ Long-format Speedwriting
is the silent letters that often appear in English words
like the word dough (which has 3 silent letters ugh) are
*not* spelled

In the case of double consonants like in the word
command only one of the consonants is pronounced
and therefore, only one is transcribed.
The same is true for vowel pairs where only one is
pronounced like in the word tie where the e is *not*

Another speed important speed feature is the linking
of words in a sentence one after the other provided
there are no disjoined sound letters: there are 12
disjoined sound letter in K+ Short-format Speed-
writing indicated by a capital d in parenthesis,
(D) on the 
K+ Speedwriting Worksheet.

Course Material
K+ Speedwriting 101 Worksheet

Short-format K+ 
The K+ Short-format K+ Speedwriting workshop
covers 39 sound groups that are transcribed with
just one sound letter: 10 sound letters from the
K+ Long-format Speedwriting are reused as
disjoined sound letters.

For example, the cursive f-group-sound letter re-
presents the fur-sound and the for-sound at the
beginning of a word. It is disjoined so that it's
*not* confused with the cursive single f-sound

This example of K+ Short-format Speedwriting
highlights the efficiency of speedwriting over
normal writing using the 7-letter word, foreign.
It is transcribed using the disjoined f-sound-
group letter followed by the single n-sound
2 transcription letters replace 7 letters
of the alphabet thereby tripling your notation
speed for this word.

Interestingly, these very same 2 transcription
sound letters can be used to express the 5-letter
word, fence, with the single f-sound letter followed
by the disjoined n-group sound letter for the
ence-sound thereby doubling you notation speed 
for this word: 2 sound letters for 5 letters of the

In the K+ Short-format Speedwriting each sound letter
represents a group of 2 or more sounds that easily
doubles notation speed.
Each sound group letter is taught using a sentence
format that consolidates your knowledge of speed-

Incidentally, those who complete the K+ Short-format
Speedwriting Workshop will get the K+

K+ Speedwriting Worksheet
The sound letters on the K+ Speedwriting Worksheet
are divided into 5 sections.

The first 4 sections are covered by the K+ Long-format
Speedwriting Workshop.

The first 3 of the 4 sections are single sound transcription
letters. They cover the 6 vowels, 2 vowel-blends
(diphthongs)+22 consonants.
The 4th section covers sound letters that express 10
consonantal-combo sounds like st, sp, sh, ch, th, etc.

The fifth section covers groups of sounds expressed
by a single transcription sound letter.

The fifth section is the focus of the K+ Short-format
Speedwriting Workshop.

Unlike K+ Long-format Speedwriting which has two (2)
grammatical sound letters, K+ Short-format Speedwriting
has only one, a little horizontal line placed mid-way on
the line at the end of a word to indicate that the word is
an ly-adverb as in the word happily.

Course Material
Speedwriting Worksheet
- Word Transcription Illustration Sheet
- Sentence Transcription Illustration Sheet
  including Long-format Equivalents of
  the Short-Format Group Sound Letters

*Advanced* K+ Short-format 
The workshop covers single sound letter abbreviations
+transcription shortcuts for long words.

The first letter of a sentence is *not* capitalized.

However, a capitalized letter is indicated by a
small checkmark under it.

Each letter of an abbreviation (like St. for street) or
acronym (like IBM) is spelled using sound letters,
but circled to indicate that it's *not* a transcribed

Punctuation Points
1. There's no dot under the question mark.
2. A paragraph ends with a pair of forward
slashes instead of a period directly followed
by the next sentence.
3. Commas should be added only when editing
your notes. If used, they need to be circled or
an inverted (upside-down) v needs to be put  
on top of it so it's *not* confused with the
    comma-o-sound letter.
4. An apostrophe need to be circled so that it's
*not* confused with the apostrophe-eh-ah-aw
sound etter. (Like the comma, it should be
avoided during transcription.)

K+ *Sound-based* Speedwriting is
to learn+
the benefits are

The Benefits
1. Speedwriting reduces stress: you'll have time to 
relax when writing things down.

2. Speedwriting is handy: all you need is some paper+
    something to write with.

3. Speedwriting is so convenient: it allows you to
review+edit your notes for clarity when you type
them. Self-editing is an important writing skill.
4. Speedwriting improves your spelling as you 
learn that there exists a gap between how a word is
spelt+how it is pronounced. For example, of is pro-
nounced ahv which is transcribed using an apostrophe-
sound letter for the ah-sound and a v-sound letter for
the v-sound. Note the word has *no* o-sound *nor* 
f-sound though it's spelt of.

5. Speedwriting will make you realize the most
common sound in English is the short e as 
in the word her known in linguistics as the schwa.
(It is the only sound that is *not* transcribed unless
it's at the beginning of the word like in the word end.)

6. Speedwriting means freedom because you can
leave your laptop behind instead of lugging it around 
run-ning the risk of getting lost, damaged, or stolen.

7. Speedwriting makes you look professional+smart!

8. Speedwriting looks impressive on your resume:
it could be the deciding factor in you getting the job.

Want to take it?
E-mail me: ken@eh-ok.ca

Put K+ Long-format 
Speedwriting in the subject line.

Put in the body of your message your preferred time+
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you want to take it.

Speedwriting Aids
To complement the courses, there's the
Speedwriting Game, $50
K+ Speedwriting Kit, $75
K+ eWriting Webkit
, $10..

Because it's an Internet-based transaction, there's *no* tax.