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Writing Great Sentences Section II

SECTION III: Due to great interest in this class, we’ve opened up a third section on 4/3 – registration is open now.

We’ll examine sentences from an array of authors and genres, analyzing how form and content align. We’ll look at structure (e.g. a “pocket” that hides or safeguards and a “u-turn” that surprises or subverts), diction (coinage, descriptions, word shifts), sound (matched sounds, onomatopoeia, repetition), and what obeying — or breaking! — grammar rules adds to a sentence. Experiment with these techniques by writing new sentences or revising old ones, then share the results with the class.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Geraldine Woods

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 03/27/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 10

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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