Grammar Workshops

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All workshops will take pace in Sulzberger Annex - 102

Writing Out Loud: Grammatical Tips for Speeches and Presentations  
Friday, April 26th: 3 - 4 pm

Listeners often experience a different set of challenges than readers. While readers can slow down, take breaks, and re-read, listeners have no such luxury. For this reason, listeners often need an extra hand from the writer to guide them through what seems like a continuous stream of speech. This workshop will discuss the grammatical structures and strategies that facilitate listening. Participants are welcome to bring a speech or presentation of their own to workshop.

Editing for Clarity: Playing with Pleonasm
Wednesday, March 13th: 4-5pm

Wordy sentences are those kinds of sentences that repeat unnecessary and extraneous redundancies, that abound with silly and superfluous tautologies, and that use sometimes twice as many words than necessary to complete even the simplest and most straightforward of ideas. How would you edit down the above sentence? Focusing on sentence-level craft, this workshop discusses practical editorial strategies for grace, clarity, and emphasis.  

Learning Grammar Through Literature: A New Kind of Close-Reading
Friday, March 29th: 1-2pm

Margaret Atwood tells us that the authors we read are also our teachers. For this workshop, let’s imagine authors as our grammar teachers. By close-reading their use of punctuation, broad references, and modifiers, we will explore how these grammatical moves open up entirely new layers of meaning, while simultaneously learning strategies for our own writing.

Editing for Clarity: Playing with Pleonasm
Friday, April 12th: 3-4pm

Wordy sentences are those kinds of sentences that repeat unnecessary and extraneous redundancies, that abound with silly and superfluous tautologies, and that use sometimes twice as many words than necessary to complete even the simplest and most straightforward of ideas. Focusing on sentence-level craft, this workshop discusses practical editorial strategies for grace, clarity, and emphasis.  

 

 

 

Grammar Resources for Writers:

Articles
Article Usage Flowchart.

Commas & Clauses:
Grammarly on commas. 
Grammar Monster on commas for parentheses.
Mary Norris & Grammarly on the Oxford comma.
Grammar Monster on commas/clauses.
Grammar Monster on adverbial clauses.

General Resources:
**Corpus of Contemporary American Usage**
^^We highly recommend this site & this tutorial on how to use it.
Grammarly handbook.

Useful books:
They Say, I Say
Building Great Sentences
Between You and Me: Confession of a Comma Queen
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire

 

**Check back in Fall 2018 for a list of our Grammar Workshops.

Need help with a grammar question now?  Send an email to writing@barnard.edu!