Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft : The Great Courses: Writing

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Brooks Landon Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
  • Series: The Great Courses: Writing
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along? Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors? How can you craft sentences that reflect your unique outlook on the world?
This lively, 24-lecture course introduces you to the myriad ways in which we think about, talk about, and write sentences. Reviving the sentence-oriented approach to studying writing, Professor Landon provides a greater context for what makes sentences great - and how you can apply these methods to your own writing.
You'll look at the kernels from which sentences grow - minimal base clauses - and how adding words or phrases creates larger, cumulative sentences that lead toward great writing. You'll explore sentence constructions that make writing more complex and add exciting levels of suspense, and see tactics that create balance and rhythm.Recognizing and appreciating these and other eye-opening aspects of sentences helps you understand the work that goes into creating an effective, pleasurable sentence, which can make you more aware of why particular lines, passages, or phrases in the poems, novels, or articles you read so enchant you.
Professor Landon draws abundantly on examples from the work of brilliant writers, including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Johnson, and more. With its passionate approach to writing and reading and its indulgence in the sheer joy of language, this journey gives you unique insights into the nature of great writing-and also teaches you how you can achieve some of this greatness yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

How to write a sennanse!

I have arrived at chapter 8; I feel this is an achievement. A pretty hefty achievement because the narrator is punching my brain with side swipes in his pronunciation.

The word is sentence so why does he insist on pronouncing it as SENNANSE?

My head hurts!

Otherwise, pretty good.
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- Dottie

Couldn't listen to this

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Brooks Landon?

Not by this narrator. I had to stop after ten minutes due to the mid-pronunciation. For an audio book all about sentences you could at least pronounce the word correctly! There is a 't' in it so why say 'sen-ance-ees'. It was so irritating I switched off.

Has Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft put you off other books in this genre?

Not really. I still enjoy books about language and writing. Just not this one!

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Brooks Landon’s performances?

No! See my statement above re the pronunciation of sentences. It was infuriating!

Do you think Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes by someone who knows how to say sentences.

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- Kitty cat 17

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses