Freshen Up Your Sentences with Patterns and Length Variation

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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5 Videos (19m)
    • An Introduction to Freshen Up Your Sentences

    • Sentence Patterns

    • Short Sentences

    • Long Sentences

    • Variation of Long and Short for Effects


About This Class

Every writer's sentences can get stale over time. It can be hard to break out of the usual way you write. Take this short course to freshen up your sentences with timeless word patterns and with length variations. 

Many of the patterns described in the course will give your prose a poetic quality. The variation in sentence lengths described in the course can help express different "feelings," such as short sentences for action and long sentences for dreams. 

The course is taught by the author of Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing from Oxford University Press (2015). 

19 of 19 students recommendSee All

This was helpful. I liked the video on sentence patterns the best.
Very useful, there were some excellent tips and points brought up!
Duncan presents not only a professional class but also, presents himself in a professional manner. This class has a lot of take-aways. I wish Joseph Conrad would have been able to take this class and learn about sentence length! ;)
Kimberly Purcell

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Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, reaching the top 0.01% of editors on Elance. Now, his freelance editing and proofreading agency on Upwork is in the "top rated" category.

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.