Launch of two books that improve writing skills | Education

Two books aimed at improving the writing skills of communication students and practitioners will be launched at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

The books are :

Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles Using the 5ws and H+M, O/R
· Eric’s diary: creative writing with the 5W and H

The books were published by Adwinsa Publications Limited. The Bishop of Accra, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sylvanus Daniel Mensah Torto will conduct the launch.

Written by Mr. Eric Mensah-Ayettey, a veteran journalist and public relations practitioner, the books are also useful for people whose work involves writing in any form.

Mr. Mensah-Ayettey says the decision to compile the articles he has written over the past year into these books was prompted by his quest to help develop his writing skills.

“Throughout my 25 years of practice in journalism, public relations and advertising, I have observed that most people find it difficult to write simple formal letters, press releases, policy briefs , fact sheets, talk less about positions and speeches,” he explained.

“My true diagnosis is that many do not master the rules of grammar. It’s mainly because they don’t read. They also don’t listen to good English,” the author said.

The award-winning journalist noted that “it requires more work to be done at the primary and secondary levels. I urge teachers at these levels of our education system to evolve good teaching methods to change this situation. As a communications professional, I believe I can help improve the situation by offering advice to anyone whose job involves writing, hence this book.

Mr. Mensah-Ayettey acknowledges that the 5Ws and Hs (Who, What, Where, Why, When and How) are classically meant for feature writing, “however, in my 25 years of experience as a journalist and public relations practitioner, I dare say the concept can be applied to speech writing, fact sheets and feature writing,” he added.

The launch is expected to bring together journalism students, journalists, public relations professionals, media owners, media regulators, ministers of state as well as friends and family. END

About the books

1. Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles – Using 5ws and H+M, O/R – 312 pages
In this book, I explain how the 5Ws and Hs in news writing, along with my addition – M, O/R (Who, What, When, Why, Where and How as well as Motive, Opinion/Recommendation) are used to write educational, entertaining, informative and promotional feature articles.

The title, Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles derives from the style adopted for writing these articles. I comment on socio-politico-economic issues based on my personal experiences. This allows me to infuse traditional wisdom and local language to spice up writing for readers to enjoy.

I hope readers will find it useful in their quest for writing, especially opinion pieces, op-eds, columns, promotional articles for organizations, and more.

2. Eric’s Diary: Write Creatively with Pages 5W and H- 136
Here, the reader is guided through the imaginative process deployed to produce the nine articles – five entertainment-related and four political-socio-economic.

Using the 5Ws and Hs, the reader is informed about how entertainment-related pieces were imagined, conceived and born, as well as how politically-leaned ones were creatively told.

Without a doubt, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. It is for this reason that anyone wishing to acquire this rare skill to produce similar articles that are both entertaining and informative, needs a copy of this book – Eric’s Diary: Creative Writing with the 5Ws and Hs This book guarantees the reader a solid foundation to set out on this quest, leaving the bookworm with only the choice to continue.

About the Author

• Eric Mensah-Ayettey is CEO of CIRE Communications Services.

• He is a communications consultant with over 20 years of experience in the practice of public relations and journalism.

• An award-winning journalist, Eric is currently an editor at, a subsidiary of Multimedia Group Limited.

• Eric has worked with Strategic Communications Africa (Stratcomm Africa) for over four years as a Senior Communications Consultant.

• Prior to that, he held various positions with the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Council.

• Eric has also risen through the ranks, rising from journalist to assistant news chief to news chief at Radio Gold 90.5 FM.

• As a student journalist, Eric worked at the Ghana News Agency, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and Graphic Communications Group Limited.

• He holds a Master of Arts in Public Affairs (UG), a Bachelor of Public Administration (GIMPA), a Diploma in Journalism and a Certificate in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing (GIJ).

• Eric is an Affiliate Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Public Relations (IPR) and a Fellow of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).

• Eric has attended public relations conferences in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, UK, as well as an office procedures course in New Delhi, India.

• Ericus is married with three children.


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