Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft
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Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world? This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing. You'll look at the kernels from which sentences grow - minimal base clauses - and how adding words or phrases creates larger, cumulative sentences that lead toward great writing. You'll explore sentence constructions that make writing more complex and add exciting levels of suspense, and see tactics that create balance and rhythm.Recognizing and appreciating these and other eye-opening aspects of sentences helps you understand the work that goes into creating an effective, pleasurable sentence, which can make you more aware of why particular lines, passages, or phrases in the poems, novels, or articles you read so enchant you. Professor Landon draws abundantly on examples from the work of brilliant writers, including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Johnson, and more. With its passionate approach to writing and reading and its indulgence in the sheer joy of language, this journey gives you unique insights into the nature of great writing-and also teaches you how you can achieve some of this greatness yourself.
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bought this to give to my great niece and nephew. I would recommend this
Don't be put off by the people who found this video boring. It's only boring if you don't really care about good writing, for yourself and others. If good writing is important to you, this video set will help your writing become immeasurably better. If you're a teacher, it opens dozens of doors for showing students how to write better, too, simply by learning a few easily grasped techniques. I'm guessing that if I focused on one specific technique for two to three weeks, by the end of the year my sophomores would be writing better than most college freshmen, and by the time they are seniors, they could pound college writing tests into the ground. (That said, the reality is that the professor would bore teenagers to tears. I would repackage the lessons that he teaches in kid-friendly terms. They would never see the videos themselves. My review is intended for literate adults who are average writers, who want to become better, and who have the maturity and focus required by a college lecture series.)
Further, don't be put off by the narrow focus on cumulative sentences. Most educated people already know how to write the other kinds: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Just because he focuses the lessons on one specific type doesn't mean that you must forget everything you've already learned about good writing, nor do you have to stop using all the other kinds of sentences and just write cumulative sentences from now on. Cumulative sentences are only one possible sentence type, but they have the potential to dramatically enhance your writing and take it to a new level of beauty, fluency, and skill.
If you are already a competent writer and you want to become better, this is the best tool that I have ever seen to make that happen.