The Basics
and Beyond:

Writing. Rules. Revision.

Musicians practice their scales. Writers review and remind themselves of the basics of language. This 5-week course is for anyone interested in developing, or strengthening, their writing muscles. 


Whether you’re new to writing or have written a lot, this course is a journey through the building blocks of good writing.


  • Style: Point of view, voice, word choice and more. Your writing style evolves out of the choices you make and the impact you want to have. 
  • Tone: Who are you writing for? What is your intent? How do you want to craft the piece you are writing? In writing, tone is as subtle as it can be varied. 
  • Structure: Beginning, middle, end — that’s the basic structure of a story, but anything goes in the hands of a confident writer. Could the ending come first? Do you need a middle? How to begin? It’s fun to play with how you’ll present to the reader what you’re writing about.
  • Grammar: Subject, object, verb — and so much more. What about dangling participles? Misplaced modifiers? Use of pronouns? All this, and semi-colons, too, will be discussed and played with. 


It’s never the wrong time for a writer of any experience to spend a few hours playing in the writer’s sandbox of principles, processes, and punctuation. 


Join us for a fun romp through the basics of writing and beyond, into rules and why to break them, and revision and how to get the most out of it. Bring your interest in writing, your joy of language — and your questions about grammar. We will review the basics of effective writing in a creative and generative way, while nurturing the confidence to break the rules once we have established what they are. A big part of what makes writing fun is being able to bend the language to our command, because we know what we are doing and why we're doing it. 


COURSE DETAILS: Offered through McNally Robinson’s Community Classroom, via Zoom, Tuesdays 7-9pm CST. October 11,18, 25 + November 1 & 8, 2022. Fee = $150.00. Register here.