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How to Write a Sentence

(Specialty Course)

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 that feature elegant phrases and aptly chosen words. Many students are so accustomed to reading required textbooks that are poorly written that they are unable to recognize a strong, sturdy sentence. Writing a sentence is not the same as transferring vocal speech onto a page. Writing is related to reading. Whoever can read a good sentence can learn to write one.


Key Questions To Be Explored:

  • What is a sentence? What is sentence craft? 

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

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

  • How well can my audience of readers read?

  • How can I improve my writing style?

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