Improving Writing Through a Sentence-Composing Approach with Don & Jenny Killgallon

Killgallon, SU'23

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Course Title: Improving Writing Through a Sentence-Composing Approach 

Instructors: Don & Jenny Killgallon (A&S '78), (A&S '75)

Brought to you by Odyssey  

June 6, 2023 - July 4, 2023 (5 Sessions)  

Tuesday, 6:30 PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


Course description

An alternative to a writing workshop where participants critique each other’s writing, this course is a practicum focusing on sentence-level improvement. Using a method the co-instructors developed called “the sentence-composing approach,” participants practice sentence strategies used by authors ranging from J. R. R. Tolkien to J. K. Rowling. In building better sentences, participants learn to do what successful authors do, and will leave each session with sentence-building tools applicable to almost any kind of writing--academic, business, literary, or personal.


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The instructors are widely recognized as innovators in teaching writing through sentence-level improvement. As co-authors, they have written many textbooks used by teachers within and beyond the United States, all featuring their sentence-composing approach.


Don Killgallon, M.A. (University of Maryland), M.L.A. and M.Ed. (Johns Hopkins University), is a veteran English and writing teacher, and the originator of the sentence- composing approach.

Jenny Killgallon, M.L.A. (Johns Hopkins University), taught secondary English in public and private schools and was a writing improvement specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education and for the English Division of Baltimore County Public Schools.


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 Event Date
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
6:30pm EDT

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
8:00pm EDT


Virtual via Zoom
Baltimore, MD 21218

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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