Grammar for Non-Writers
Available dates coming soon
Location/Format: UH Campus/In-person | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Cost: $525
This four-hour course for business professionals teaches everything you ever wanted to know about grammar but didn’t know to ask. If you ever received a paper with red marks all over it and didn’t understand what your teacher was trying to tell you, this course is for you. Maybe you thought it meant you just weren’t a good writer. Maybe you thought you just didn’t “get” grammar. This course focuses on grammar in light of typical business writing. Yes, you will learn prepositional phrases, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, and maybe even how to conjugate the verbs to lie and to lay, but everything is to help you become a better writer. You won’t learn grammar for grammar’s sake but in the context of the writing you do every day.
Topics will include the following:
- Importance of correct grammar in business writing.
- Basics of phrases and clauses.
- Errors with subject and verb agreement.
- Varying style using complex and compound sentences.
- Five common uses of the comma.
- Mistakes in punctuation and how to recognize them.
Dr. Chad A. B. Wilson specialized in technical communication during his undergraduate work before transitioning to nineteenth-century British literature and Marxist postcolonial theory for his Ph.D. He has been the Director of Technical Communications for the Cullen College of Engineering since 2004, where he manages all sections of technical communications for engineers. His current research interests concern technology and popular culture studies, and he has published or presented papers on The Twilight Zone, Mad Men, and virtual reality. Since the pandemic began, he has also published over a dozen pieces of fiction in various science fiction and fantasy magazines.