Fiction, Nonfiction

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: August 19, 2023
  • End Date: August 19, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Introductory, Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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How to Explain Anything

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


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.