A reminder that on October 6, the first Writing Smartly seminar, Teaching Grammar, will be held online from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If all the changes in the way we go to school now have put you in the role of English grammar teacher or tutor, this seminar can help. Participants will receive a handout that presents the basic concepts that should be explained to a student—high school, ESL, or adult—and the order in which they are best introduced, together with exercises and answers to reinforce the ideas. A few minutes will also be set aside to answer questions and suggest other resources. If you wish to enroll, please email me directly at email@example.com, and I will send a registration link. Tuition is $25.
On October 13, at 7:00 p.m., I will be offering a second online seminar, Writing a Good Sentence. When we’re good at something, we keep returning to the basics. This one-hour discussion will review the fundamental structure of every well-written sentence and explain how to sharpen the focus of a statement by examining its subject and verb: an exact noun, a strong verb, and fewer prepositions make for clear and compelling sentences. A few minutes will be set aside at the end of the discussion to answer questions. If you wish to enroll, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition is $25.
And, of course, if you would like to examine more closely a particular document you are struggling with, or if you wish to discuss a work of literature or nonfiction you are currently reading, I offer private tutoring sessions online as well. We can often get past stubborn hurdles when we have to explain our difficulties to someone else. I have worked for many years with students and professionals to help them think more critically and write more clearly. Please email me directly at email@example.com to arrange a meeting.