The Good Copy presents ‘High-density sentences: a grammar workshop’


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Photo by Penny Modra

Sentences are kind of like suburbs. They’re places where we can use space well… or badly. Are your ideas clear, human and easy to navigate? Or are your readers driving long distances to get to something they need?

In this workshop, the grammar enthusiasts at The Good Copy will explore some tactics to help us make the most of our sentence space.

Pull up a seat, pick up a pencil and join us for a two-hour dabble in the dark arts of deleting:

– squint at your adverbs
– destroy prepositions
– let your verbs live their best lives.

Will it be easy? No. As EB White once said, “I wanted to write you a short letter, but I didn’t have time.” Will there be coffee? Yes—and a ‘high density’ prize for the shortest sentence.

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