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Micromanage Your Writing

All Levels | A sentence that doubles back on itself, a word that repeats or shifts in meaning, sounds that match or clash—these are some of the micro-adjustments authors make to reinforce or deliberately undermine meaning. In this course we’ll examine these and other techniques in sentences and paragraphs from fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and song lyrics created by a diverse array of writers. Students will practice the techniques discussed and share the results with the class.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Geraldine Woods

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 05/16/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

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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.

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