"Only connect," wrote E.M. Forster. But how? In this class, we will examine writing techniques that connect reader to writer (point of view, voice), idea to idea (parallelism, sound), emotion to experience (sensory detail, figurative language), and more. The focus will be on sentences and paragraphs; after analyzing how various authors employ each technique, students will write or revise. All will be encouraged to share their work with the group, but no one will be required to do so.
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I’m the author of a stack of grammar books (English Grammar For Dummies, Webster’s New World Punctuation: Simplified and Applied, and more) and an educator with four decades of experience teaching every level of English from 5th grade through AP. My most recent books, 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way (Norton, 2020) and Sentence. A Period-to-Period Guide to Building Better Readers and Writers (Norton, 2021), explore the techniques authors use to make their writing more effective. My only remotely cool moment came when I was interviewed by a reporter from MTV about the decision by “Panic! At the Disco” to drop their exclamation point.