Description of Class
Ask any writer and they’ll tell you: writing is hard. You’ve got to construct a plot, create believable characters, craft dialogue, create tension and always be aware of your audience. And as if doing all of that didn’t already present challenges, you’ve got to double, triple check your grammar and sentence structure.
Every writer I know has issues with this last part. We know the way people speak, the way we think, the rhythms of the English language, but we often miss small mechanical errors. Don’t worry—you’re not alone. All of us struggle with the nuts and bolts of English, and all of us could benefit from practice and a fresh look at the fundamentals.
This class is aimed at writers who want a refresher on the mechanics of writing. We’ll cover some of the basics, point out the most common grammatical errors and look at how to be hyper-aware of them, and discuss the ways writers break out of first draft syntax and revise their work to make it smoother.
We’ll meet two Saturdays in a row and adhere to the following schedule:
June 1, 2019:
We’ll break some ice and triage some of our biggest concerns about the mechanics of writing, including, grammar, usage, basic errors and quick fixes, formatting, dialogue tags, and commas—oh my! We’ll run through exercises and collectively edit a piece of writing as a class.
June 8, 2019:
Syntax and flow. In this session, we’ll look over first drafts and published writings with an eye on how writers revise. We’ll discuss self-workshopping as a way of making our drafts smoother. We’ll consider the sentence and the paragraph as self-contained entities and ask questions about what comprises “good” writing (and how writers, once they have the rules, creatively break them). And then we’ll revise some of our work in class and share the wonderful results.Top