How Dead Verbs are Killing your Writing

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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5 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

      3:27
    • Concrete Verbs

      5:32
    • Weak Verbs

      4:38
    • Dead Verbs

      5:01
    • Dead Verbs — Consequences

      4:54

About This Class

Like zombies, dead verbs are lurking in your fiction, creative non-fiction, work, and school writing — and it's time to eliminate them. Take this short course, which will help you understand the importance of verbs, from the author of Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

Verbs are the lifeblood of writing, but some verbs are better than others. Learn which verbs are most effective, which are weak, and which are fully dead and contributing nothing. 

Introducing more good verbs to your writing can help avoid two things readers dislike: generalizations and a lack of forward movement. 

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This series explains how verbs can make or break the dynamic action of a sentence or paragraph. It is brief but very helpful at underlining exactly why some writing feels generalized or lacking.
Bring writing to life with one simple change to a sentence. Awesome! Invaluable tip!
Words as mind-pictures. Highly effective. Great class!

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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.

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