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Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft DVD course number 2368

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This is course number 2368 from The Teaching Company which contains 4 DVDs and comes with the course guide book. Great writing begins-and ends-with the sentence. Whether two words ("Jesus wept.") or 1,287 words (a sentence in William Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!), sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Understanding the variety of ways to construct sentences, from the smallest clause to the longest sentence, is important to enhancing your appreciation of great writing and potentially improving your own. * Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? * Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors but not others? * How can you craft sentences that reflect your own unique outlook on the world? Get the answers to these and other questions about writing and style in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, a lively 24-lecture course taught by Professor Brooks Landon from the University of Iowa-one of the nation's top writing schools. You explore the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. You also learn how you can apply these methods to your own writing. Course Lecture Titles 1. A Sequence of Words 2. Grammar and Rhetoric 3. Propositions and Meaning 4. How Sentences Grow 5. Adjectival Steps 6. The Rhythm of Cumulative Syntax 7. Direction of Modification 8. Coordinate, Subordinate, and Mixed Patterns 9. Coordinate Cumulative Sentences 10. Subordinate and Mixed Cumulatives 11. Prompts of Comparison 12. Prompts of Explanation 13. The Riddle of Prose Rhythm 14. Cumulative Syntax to Create Suspense 15. Degrees of Suspensiveness 16. The Mechanics of Delay 17. Prefab Patterns for Suspense 18. Balanced Sentences and Balanced Forms 19. The Rhythm of Twos 20. The Rhythm of Threes 21. Balanced Series and Serial Balances 22. Master Sentences 23. Sentences in Sequence 24. Sentences and Prose Style

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