Sharpen your pencils. These three lessons are the foundation of the entire Writing Whatever course. Learn how your favorite authors write, simply by studying their sentences. This volume alone will make you a much better writer. Note: Volume 1 is included in the Free Trial. You may order it separately here.
These lessons focus on the most common free modifier (we call it the "–ing" thing), how to punctuate it, and where to put it in the sentence. Also, we'll show you some pretty funny sentences if your "things" get messed up.
A close relative of the "–ing thing," this free modifier ("Mr. –ed") can be very descriptive, or it can cause big problems. But the good news is that it has been proven to prevent the passive voice.
These two free modifiers are rarely discussed in writing classes, but are the most dynamic and elegant. Mastering these will place you in the top tier of writers.
This book starts off with an unusual free modifier that is fun but rather rare, and then a more complicated one that is frequent but filled with traps.
Here we cram the final four free modifiers into one bag. The first is a cinch, after what you just went through in Volume 5, and the last three are familiar but presented with a bit of creativity that befits their station.
Heading for college? This could make the difference.
Writing Whatever also offers the "Complete" online writing course, which includes all the products shown. Colleges and universities install it on their learning management systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.) for all the faculty and students to access. Writing labs and freshman composition classes are the primary users, as well as those students who might be weak in some aspects of writing.
But wait. Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive at college and not have to worry about your writing skills? Or wouldn’t it be even better to arrive at college because of your writing skills?
That’s why I took all of the lessons out of the online course and made them into easy-to-use e-Books, which are simple to download and watch on a desktop computer or any Android or iOS device. And once you have downloaded them, you can watch (and rewatch) them anytime and anywhere, without wifi. Each volume contains between three and five videos, averaging about five minutes apiece.
So, if you or someone in your home has ever said, “I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it,” these lessons will make a world of difference. The time is right, the need is obvious, and the course is guaranteed—literally. If after 30 days you find that the lessons have not been helpful, I will quickly return your money. But having taught this program to thousands of students over a career of more than 40 years, I think you will be happy.
Please take a look at this simple graphic. In three words, this illustration summarizes the way writing should be taught. When the class is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, the teacher should take time to point out the great sentences—their structure, their detail, their variety. And she should not hesitate to use grammar terms to do it, especially phrases and clauses.
After finishing the book, she should assign a creative paper in which the students select three of those wonderful sentences, empty out Harper Lee's words, and pour in their own. Teacher and students will find that all the other sentences will rise, inspired by the quality of Lee's writing, and they will be the best stories those students have ever written.
That's the way Writing Whatever teaches writing. We study real sentences, real paragraphs, real essays, and use the real grammar vocabulary. All the elements must always be connected.
I want the world to know about this method. I did not invent it, but I have taught it to thousands of students for decades. It works.