Sentence Sense: Writing Clearly for Publications, Work, and School

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Overview

    • 2. Elements of the Course

    • 3. Redundancy

    • 4. Phoney Intensifiers

    • 5. Stretchers

    • 6. Thickeners

    • 7. Exercises

    • 8. Answers to Questions From Students


About This Class

Do you want to impress employers, editors, or online readers with your writing? Do you want to get A grades on term papers and essays? Do you want to see your sentences objectively?

Take this short, practical course on how to write clearly from the author of Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

Four types of wordiness  redundancy, phoney intensifiers, stretchers, and thickeners — lurk in everyone's writing. This course raises your awareness of these "weeds" or "speedbumps" and then shows you how to remove them.

As a result, people will find your writing easy to read.

The objectives of this course are to help students understand the problem of wordiness to communication, recognize the four types of wordiness, and apply these principles in their own writing. No prerequisite knowledge or materials are required.