Prevent Train Wreck Sentences with Parallelism

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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9 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction to Parallelism

    • Surface vs Under Surface Parallelism

    • Verb Series

    • Noun Series

    • Adjective Series

    • Adverb Series

    • Preposition Series

    • Multiple Element Series

    • Parallelism Conclusion


About This Class

Do your editors or teachers say you write "run-on sentences" or "comma splices"? Do you feel your writing lacks structure or meanders aimlessly? In this course I show the solution to these problems: parallelism. Parallelism is the use of equal grammatical units in patterns. 

Parallelism has been used for centuries by great orators and writers to create a sense of stability in language. Parallelism also helps listeners and readers remember passages better. Some of the most memorable language – like Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech – utilize parallelism extensively. 

This course presents a number of simple parallel series that you can incorporate immediately into your writing. Get your sentences back on track!

10 of 11 students recommendSee All

Duncan's teaching style, delivery and visuals made this class a delight. I look forward to his other classes.
Kimberly Purcell

Just Want To Make and Learn Stuff

Informative, Exhaustive, Loaded and High Paced. Very helpful for anyone interested in strong impactful writing.
Gautam Goswami

Open your mind to new Ideas

Helpful exploration of one aspect of the craft. Good work.





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.