This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Grammar: 4 Concepts to Improve Your Reading and Writing Forever

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March 04, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Grammar: 4 Concepts to Improve Your Reading and Writing Forever
Originally Broadcast On:
March 04, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

In honor of National Grammar Day on March 4, this Webinar is just $9.95.

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Fake grammar hides in such rules as "never split an infinitive" or "never end a sentence with a preposition."

There's another approach that offers great, practical promise to anyone who wants to work and live inside the English language--rhetorical grammar.

In this special Webinar in honor of National Grammar Day, we will explore new strategies with the author of The Glamour of Grammar, Roy Peter Clark.

Clark, one of the nation's top writing coaches, will show you how this approach will make your writing clear, reveal what is most important and make someone laugh or cry. He will show you how to turn your ideas into action, and improve the quality of your reading, your writing and your speaking.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to match your language to meet the needs and requirements of your language community
  • How to order your words for emphasis
  • How to climb up and down the ladder of language
  • How to unleash the associative power of language
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to improve the quality of their reading, writing and speaking.

Course Instructor:

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter's NewsU The Writer's Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces, companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers and mobile app Help! for Writers. He is part of the one-day workshop, The Writing Process, offered through Poynter's NewsU. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

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