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7 Tools for Next-Level Writing: National Grammar Day 2014

About This Course

Maybe you hate grammar. Maybe you love it. Maybe you want to persuade your students, children or first dates to love grammar as much as you do.

In this special Webinar in honor of National Grammar Day, we will use X-ray reading to show you how thinking strategically about your grammar choices can take your writing to the next level. If you can't be convinced to love grammar by Roy Peter Clark, author of the The Glamour of Grammar and How to Write Short, you can't be convinced.

Clark, one of the nation's top writing coaches, shows how to make your writing compelling and engaging. He will give you tools to help your own writing, to help teach writing to others, and to (at least start to) love grammar.


Roy will be discussing this reading as a "Mentor Text" — you can read it, save it, or print it.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to use "mentor texts"
  • How and when to vary active and passive verbs for effect
  • The importance of "sentence organization"
  • How to use "rhetorical numbers"
  • The importance of varying sentence length
  • How to use extended metaphors without overextending
  • How to use literary allusions in all types of writing

Who Should Take this Course?

Educators, writers and editors of all kinds who want to learn new ways to think of grammar and new ways to share the grammar love.

Course Insturctor

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

Clark has taught writing at every level — from school children to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors — for more than 30 years, and has spoken about the writer's craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR and Today; at conferences from Singapore to Brazil; and at news organizations from The New York Times to the Sowetan in South Africa.

His other books include: "Free to Write: A Journalist Teaches Young Writers," "Coaching Writers: Editors and Reporters Working Together," "America's Best Newspaper Writing," "The Craft and Values of American Journalism" and "The Changing South of Gene Patterson: The Journalism of Civil Rights, 1960-1968."

He is a Distinguished Service Member of the American Society of News Editors.

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