Author: Fornes

Prepositional Phrases and Wordiness

Revise the following passage to make it more concise by eliminating prepositional phrases: Plaque has almost become a household word in this country. It is certainly a household problem for most people. But even though everyone is affected by it…

Interjections and Star Wars

I discussed the role Schoolhouse Rock played in my education when we we watched “Conjunction Junction” in the context of coordination and subordination. This nifty little mash-up by One Minute Galactica applies Schoolhouse Rock’s “Interjections!” soundtrack to Star Wars scenes. (Just…

Sample Portfolio Cover Letter

Kelly reminded me to post the sample portfolio cover letter (thanks, Kelly), and I have done so in the “handouts” section in the right side bar. The sample letter covers some of what I expect in your cover letters but…

A Proposal for a New Punctuation Mark

For several years now, scholars have argued about the role of email, texting, etc. have played on our literacy and written communication. This si the first time I have seen someone propose that our digital communication has prompted the need…

Analysis #1 Draft Comments

Development Try to provide some specific examples from both the professional writer’s work and your work to add clarity and support to your ideas and claims. The trick to adding the examples is to summarize the information and context without…

Commas and Guns

From the Department of Punctuation Makes a Difference, Darn It!, I thought I would pass along the following item. Does the government have a right to ban individuals from owning guns? Well, in some circles, it all depends on a…

The very model of an amateur grammarian

You may have heard Gilbert and Sullivan’s Modern Major-General (it starts at about the 1:10 mark.) But have you seen The very model of an amateur grammarian « The Stroppy Editor?

Here Is Some Writing Advice

Whenever I’m in the mood for a chuckle or two, which generally falls somewhere between the first and fourth student draft, I check on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and am rarely disappointed. I was rewarded today with some advice for writers,…