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Sebastien Daoust

Montreal, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Brooks Landon
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    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.

    Cynthia says: "Very well presented... but with poor pronunciation"
    "Excellent for "would be" authors"
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    What made the experience of listening to Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft the most enjoyable?

    It's an excellent for people who like to write, but never had the chance to actually study this craft at a college/university level. Even as a non-native english speaker, I found the class easily understandable, and most of the examples given by the teacher were clear and easy to grasp.


    What other book might you compare Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft to and why?

    First class-type for me. Wouldn't know.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Brooks Landon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's a class. But I guess the class is divided into two main parts. The first one, more easily to catch, takes about half of the class, and teaches about cumulative sentences. It's an excellent introduction, though perhaps it's a little bit long.

    The second part is an amalgamation of different styles, which might not always have a logical line to follow. Despite that, the rich examples of the professor helps the student understand many subtleties.


    Any additional comments?

    I had bought this class in a video format at first, and couldn't find the patience to actually sit down and simply watch.

    The audio version, if you have a long road to travel, or an easy mindless commute, is perfect. You might be missing some of the more graphical elements (for example, the different sentences levels), but in general, it's easy to understand. You do need to focus, however, so if you're the type of person to easily let your mind wander by driving, for example, this might not be for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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