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How to Explain Anything

with Geraldine Woods

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

Online

Introductory, Intermediate

1 Session

Start Date: August 19, 2023
End Date: August 19, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
1 seat left!
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

Think conveying information is easy? So did the people who wrote the manual for your television, assembly instructions for your furniture, that puzzling news article about cryptocurrency, and the clumsy exposition chapter of the novel you're reading. With practice, you can do better! In this class, learn how to explain anything, in any genre, clearly and effectively. After analyzing examples from various writers, students will write their own explanatory passages. Those who are willing will share their work.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Geraldine Woods

Geraldine Woods

she/her

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.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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