How to Write a Sentence

Course Level:  College-level
Course Format: 

TWO DAY INTENSIVE:  10 hours of class time (not including breaks)
VIRTUAL ONLINE DISCUSSIONS:  One weeknight per week (1.5 hours)

 

Course Description:

There is a lot more to writing a sentence than one might think.  Constructing sentences is an art.   Ernest Hemingway said, "All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence that you know."  It's not easy to write true statements.  Nor is it easy to construct complete sentences.  Students are so often required to read sentences that are not well constructed that many do not know what a strong, sturdy sentence looks like.  Writing a sentence is not the same as echoing a cliche.  Nor is it the same as transferring vocal speech onto a page.  Writing is related to reading.   Whoever can read a sentence is prepared to learn to write one.

 

Key Questions To Be Explored:

  • What is a sentence?  What is sentence craft?  What is a sentence pleasure?

  • Why is sometimes okay--and sometimes not okay--to write sentence fragments?

  • What are the components of a well-written, complex sentence?

  • How well can I read?  How well can my audience of readers read?

  • How can I improve my writing style? 

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