Introduction to Grammar
How to approach a writing task
How to approach a writing task
Every writer approaches their writing differently, and every writing task requires a different approach. There is no one way to write a document.
Your approach will depend on the type of writing task you are attempting. Many writers prefer to plan out some of the document before they commit to writing it. A typical example of this may include jotting down the general structure of the document, with sub-points listing what will be discussed in each section. Planning a task before beginning can be particularly useful on big projects, as a way of synthesising a large amount of information into a manageable format.
Other writers find it more beneficial to dive straight into the writing task. This can be useful for shorter projects with less complicated structures. Some writers also like to start writing until they have an idea of how the project should look, and then pulling back to create a more concrete plan. Find a planning process that works for the project and for you.
In general, when you begin a writing task, ask yourself:
- Who am I writing this for? Who is going to read it?
- What does my audience need from this piece? What information do I need to convey?
- Why am I writing this? Why does this need to be written, and why am I the best person to write it?
- How should this information be conveyed? How should I structure the text to best emphasise my message?
- When will this be available to the public? Is this timely?
- Where will this be published? Online? In a journal? In a book? As a podcast?
These questions will help guide your approach to the task.
Develop the tools you need to write well.
The ability to write with clarity and elegance is a skill that can be taught.
Introduction to Grammar is a crash introduction to the main technical aspects of writing. We’ll discuss fundamentals of grammar, rules for punctuation, some common infelicities you may encounter in your writing, as well as the tenants of clarity and conciseness.
In this course, you will learn:
- Why you need to know the fundamentals of clear, concise communication
- What grammar is and why you need it
- How to use common punctuation marks
- How structure supports content
- What editing entails and how to do it
Introduction to Grammar is is entirely self-guided, so you can progress at your own pace. Once you’ve purchased the course, the content will remain open to you permanently, meaning you can come back any time for a refresher. Course content is delivered in a series of audios, written lessons, and exercises.
About this course
Introduction to Grammar is designed as a crash course in grammar, punctuation, and written composition for those who feel their skills are lacking.
This course forms part of a suite of introductory programs offered by Queensland Writers Centre. From this course, you can learn about writing as a creative pursuit in Introduction to Creative Writing, extend your storytelling knowledge and skills with Introduction to Story, or you can discover more about the publishing industry with Introduction to Publishing.
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- Lectures 35
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 10 hours
- Skill level Beginner or refresher
- Language English
- Students 90
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes