Improving Writing Through a Sentence-Composing Approach

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March 1, 2022 - March 29, 2022 (5 Sessions)
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM ET

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.

Supplemental Materials - All materials are created by the Killgallons, provided during each session, then emailed to participants to use and keep.

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies

Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event
 

Session OneThe focus of is to learn a technique for replicating the structure of a mentor sentence by a recognizable author. March 1, 2022 - March 1, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Participants will analyze sentences by recognizable authors to learn the sentence-composing tools used therein to build those sentences and to compose sentences with those same tools.

Session TwoThe identifier sentence-composing tool is defined through analysis of mentor sentences by authors containing that tool and its variations. March 8, 2022 - March 8, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Participants will be able to use the identifier tool in various places and lengths within their own sentences.

Session ThreeThe describer sentence-composing tool is defined through analysis of mentor sentences by authors containing that tool and its variations. March 15, 2022 - March 15, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Participants will be able to use the describer tool in various places and lengths within their own sentences.

Session FourThe elaborator sentence-composing tool is defined through analysis of mentor sentences by authors containing that tool and its variations. March 22, 2022 - March 22, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Participants will be able to use the elaborator tool in various places and lengths within their own sentences.

Session FiveThe combo sentence-composing tool is defined through analysis of mentor sentences by authors containing a mixture of sentence-composing tools. March 29, 2022 - March 29, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Participants will be able to use identifiers, describers, and elaborators in combination within their own sentences.

ABOUT Don Killgallon (A&S '78)
Author

A graduate of King’s College (B.A.), University of Maryland (M.A.), Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A. and M. Ed.), Don spent most of his teaching career in the public schools of Baltimore County Maryland, where he taught all ability levels of high school English.

During his first year of teaching, Barry, a student in his 10th grade English class, inadvertently helped Don discover the sentence-composing approach to writing improvement. Click here for Barry’s story.

Since then, Don, with his wife Jenny, researched, developed, tested, and expanded the sentence-composing approach and published numerous acclaimed texts and other educational materials featuring that approach.

Don has taught at a variety of high schools and colleges in the Baltimore area, including Johns Hopkins University, where he and his wife Jenny currently teach sentence composing for adults.

ABOUT Jenny Killgallon (A&S '75)
Author

A graduate of Towson University (B.A.), Johns Hopkins University (M.L.A.), Jenny spent most of her teaching career in the public schools of Baltimore County Maryland, where she taught all ability levels of middle and high school English.

During Jenny’s first year of teaching, Don taught her the sentence-composing approach, and it worked so well that she married him!

Since then, Jenny and husband Don, researched, developed, tested, and expanded the sentence-composing approach, and then published numerous acclaimed texts and other educational materials featuring that approach.

Jenny has taught at a variety of middle and high schools and colleges in the Baltimore area, including Johns Hopkins University, where she and her husband Don currently teach sentence composing for adults.

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 Event Date
Starts:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
6:30pm EDT

Ends:
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
8:00pm EDT

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