Adding Verbs with Verve and Volume to Your Writing

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July 20, 2011 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Adding Verbs with Verve and Volume to Your Writing
Originally Broadcast On:
July 20, 2011
Time Estimate:
One hour and 25 minutes

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Verbs drive sentences and hold them together. They are the hinge that connects actors and action, the engine that powers movement forward, the key to lean, clear, engaging prose. Understanding how verbs work, and how you use them, can help you brighten and tighten your writing, whether it is breaking news, a longer profile or a Facebook post.

What Will I Learn:
  • How verbs can be your most versatile and powerful writing tool
  • To identify your own patterns and habits of verb use in your writing
  • When to be active, when to be passive
  • How to use verbs to control the volume of sentences
  • How to paint visual pictures with verbs
Who Should Take this Course:

Writers and reporters looking for ways to enrich their stories using verbs wisely.

Course Instructor:

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She holds a Knight Chair professorship at the Missouri School of Journalism, is an editing fellow at the Poynter Institute and coaches student and professional journalists around the world. You can follow her on Twitter at @JacquiB.

Her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

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