Volume 1, Lessons 1-3

The Numbering System

Sharpen your pencils. These three lessons are the foundation of the entire Write for College course. Learn how your favorite authors write, simply by studying their sentences. This volume alone will make you a much better writer.
Volume 1 pencil shavings

Volume 2, Lessons 4-8

Presenting the –ing Thing

These lessons focus on the most common free modifiers, how to punctuate them, and where to put them in the sentence. Also, we'll show you some pretty funny sentences if things get messed up.
girl amog trees sitting and laughing

Volume 3, Lessons 9-12

The Wonderful Mr. –ed

A close relative of the "–ing thing," this free modifier can be very descriptive, or it can cause big problems. But the good news is that it has been proven to prevent the passive voice.
boy with baseball cap writing

Volume 4, Lessons 13-17

The Power Players

These two free modifiers are rarely discussed in writing classes, but are the most dynamic and elegant. Mastering these will place you in the top tier of writers.
Girl on mountain writing in journal

Volume 5, Lessons 18-22

Easy, Then Hard

This book starts off with an unusual free modifier that is fun but rather rare, and then a more complicated one that is frequent but filled with traps.

Volume 6, Lessons 23-25

Everybody Knows These

Here we cram the final four free modifiers into one bag. The first is a cinch, after what you just went through in Volume 5, and the last three are familiar but presented with a bit of creativity that befits their station.
Teacher helping two students

The Paragraph: Volume 7, Lessons 34-39

How to design the entire paragraph in your head

Now we move from narrative writing, which is based on sentences, to informative writing, which is based on paragraphs. The good news is that the same system that you learned in “The Sentence” applies to paragraphs. You’ll learn how to sequence your thoughts, how to get from one point to the next, and how to be super detailed in order to clinch your presentation. If you have ever been told “It’s not organized” or “Be more specific,” this is your course.
Paragraph--apartment building

The Essay: Volume 8, Lessons 40-59

If only...

By now you have seen dozens of examples of great writing from professional authors. Now it’s time to dig deep into an essay that is one of the most frequently read essays of modern times. Amazingly, it demonstrates virtually all of the lessons we have covered in the Write for College program. In addition, you will learn how to write a grabber introduction, how to organize your body paragraphs with clarity and detail, and how to end with a clincher paragraph that summarizes and convinces. Isn’t that where you have been heading all along?

A Final Word

Please take a look at this simple diagram:

In three words, this simple graphic summarizes the way writing should be taught. When the class is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, the teacher should take time to point out the great sentences—their structure, their detail, their variety. And she should not hesitate to use grammar terms to do it, especially phrases and clauses.

After finishing the book, she should assign a creative paper in which the students select three of those wonderful sentences, empty out Harper Lee's words, and pour in their own. Teacher and students will find that all the other sentences will rise, inspired by  the quality of Lee's writing, and they will be the best stories those students have ever written.

That's the way Write for College teaches writing. Study real sentences, real paragraphs, real essays, and use the real vocabulary of grammar. All the elements must always be connected.

I want the world to know about this method. I did not invent it, but I have taught it to thousands of students for decades. It works.

Don Stewart



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