Instructor: Sarah White
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 06/07/2021 - 07/05/2021
SCN Member: $120
Class synopsisRefresh your knowledge about writing effective sentences, paragraphs and essays of various types. We’ll review the most common grammar problems seen by professional editors, consider what makes for strong essays, and prepare to write features, persuasive appeals, and personal experiences. This course is ideal for anyone who needs a "brush-up" for work, school, or personal satisfaction.
Over four weeks we’ll explore fundamentals of writing at the level of sentence, paragraph, and essay. We will mix the “micro” skills—punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development—with the “macro” skills—developing essays in a variety of genres, for a variety of audiences and purposes. If you’d like to write feature articles, persuasive appeals, or compelling personal experience essays, this course willl help you feel more confident in your skills.
• Write sentences, paragraphs, and essays that are clear, well-organized, and grammatically correct., • Build writing craft skills relevant to essays of roughly 500-2500 words
Class communication methodThe instruction method is four Zoom meetings, plus participation in an online platform for responding to discussion prompts and exchanging submissions for review. The Zoom class sessions are recorded so if you miss one, you can still keep up with the class.
Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills consists of 4 weekly units.
Week 1: Fundamentals of Clear Writing: skills for sentence and paragraph development.
Week 2: Essay development: form, point of view, writing craft
Week 3: Feature articles and other essay patterns: exploration and practice
Week 4: Persuasive essays: Make your case and support with solid research
Class time commitment2 hours for weekly Zoom meeting + 2 hours for homework. Meetings will be scheduled for Thursday afternoons, 4-6 Eastern, 3-5 Central, 2-4 Mountain, 1-3 Pacific, on 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, and 6/24.
Sarah White is an author, ghostwriter, memoir writing coach, and teacher of business skills for personal historians. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MFA in creative nonfiction. Her published work includes articles in print and online, several business marketing books, and Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 Steps to transform your travel experiences into compelling essays, which originated as an SCN class. For more information visit her website firstpersonprod.com and blog truestorieswelltold.com.