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

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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7 Videos (32m)
    • Elements of the Course

    • Redundancy

    • Phoney Intensifiers

    • Stretchers

    • Thickeners

    • Exercises

    • 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.

46 of 46 students recommendSee All

Extremely good and basic tips with examples. Clear speaker who touches on theory while keeping it to the point.
I a carefully writing this review. I'm thankful for this course. Writing for 10 years, I still make these four mistakes. Great course, I recommend it!
Michael Luchies

Entrepreneur & Writer✎

This class clearly presents basic ideas that are helpful in any kind of writing. The ideas are editing tools that can easily be incorporated into your writing and editing processes.





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 Brock University in Ontario, 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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