Tools, Not Rules: Rhetorical Grammar for Writers

Schools of Public Engagement: Creative Writing

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Tools, Not Rules: Rhet Grammar
Spring 2024
Taught By: Joseph Salvatore
Section: A

CRN: 2790

Credits: 3

Not a traditional course in grammar, this class examines the most complex tool in the writer's tool box—the sentence. The course is guided by the belief that as writers, we need to know not only how to use this tool but how to talk about it. The goal for students is not to memorize grammar rules but rather to understand how those rules can be used to produce a wide range of rhetorical effects. In order to manipulate those rules, writers must understand them. The course begins at the beginning: nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates, all the parts of speech. Students then learn to analyze sentences in both what they read and what they write; they learn not only what syntax is but how to control it consciously and how the decisions they make will affect readers. They come to see how words become sentences, sentences become paragraphs, and paragraphs create a cohesive whole. The class reads chapters from a grammar and rhetoric textbook and completes practice exercises assigned weekly. A workshop for writers of all genres, absolute beginners as well as experienced professionals, who want to better understand all the tools in the tool box.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Creative Writing (CRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:36pm EDT 6/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 702
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024