Silent-Auction Item: For a Teenager in Your Life, Five Hours of One-on-One Coaching in Clear Writing by Yours Truly

My wife Joanne recently became executive director of the Belmont Child Care Association. BCCA operates a preschool program for children of workers in New York’s thoroughbred racing industry. It’s a great organization that gets a lot of backing from the industry. I expect that with Joanne at the helm, BCCA has great things in store.

On August 20, BCCA will hold its annual “Racing for the Children” benefit in Saratoga Springs, New York. (That’s where New York thoroughbred racing has its summer season.) I won’t be able to attend, as I’ll be in South Bend, Indiana, teaching my three-week course at Notre Dame Law School. But I’ve contributed an item for their silent auction:

For a Teenager in Your Life—
Five Hours of One-on-One Coaching in Clear Writing!

Know a teenager—your child or someone else—who is enthusiastic about nonfiction writing but could do with some help to become proficient? Get them five hours of personal coaching by Ken Adams, an internationally recognized expert in writing.

They would get advice of the sort they never get at school, unless they’re exceptionally lucky. Whatever they write—school assignments, blog posts, college-application essays—Ken’s advice would help your teenager do better.

The coaching could be done by meeting in person, by video chat, or over the telephone—whatever’s most convenient. Location doesn’t matter; scheduling would be flexible. Your teenager would provide Ken with graded school assignments or other writing samples, and they’d go over them together, in detail.

Ken is a noted expert in how to write business contracts clearly, so he knows how to write. He’s also written books, many articles, and 1,500 posts for his award-winning blog.

A legal periodical has said, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” He conducts public and in-house seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. His clients include major companies. Among other recognition and awards, in 2014 the Legal Writing Institute awarded Ken its Golden Pen Award, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.”

By the way, Ken is the husband of Joanne Adams, the Belmont Child Care Association’s executive director.

The minimum bid is $500. If by some chance one of you would like to bid, email Joanne at If you wish, you can authorize her to bid on your behalf up to a certain amount, in the unlikely event that this item prompts a bidding frenzy. (I’m under no illusion that this item is any match for, oh, tickets to Yankees games, but it’s what I’ve got to offer.) If you’re the lucky winner, Joanne will contact you to arrange payment.

To find out more about the Belmont Child Care Association, go to their website. (It will soon be upgraded.)

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

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