Writing Clear Sentences

Susan McKerihan

Saturday 29 July 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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This grammatical writing course with Susan McKerihan takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Sentences! They are the basic, foundational level of writing – so it’s important to make sure they don’t become bloated, vague or simply difficult to understand. There are several ways this can happen. This course will look at the most common problem areas, grouped under three themes, and offer suggestions for how you can aim for clear, powerful sentences.

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The three key tips Susan McKerihan will share in this workshop are presented through a mix of explanations, examples and written exercises. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and challenge the ideas, to help them understand and become comfortable with a streamlined style.

Participants may bring a page of their own writing if they wish, to self-assess during the day with guidance and ideas from the tutor.

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will gain:

  1. An understanding of how sentences can become clunky or confusing.
  2. A greater insight into your personal writing style.
  3. The tools to streamline and clarify any problem areas in your own (or others’) sentences.

Participant requirements

Pen and paper; or fully charged device. Bring along some of your own writing to self-assess and practice on if you like. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Participants in face to face courses must comply with any precautionary measures related to COVID-19 that Writing NSW puts in place.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.


‘Susan was knowledgeable and engaging. She made what could have been fairly dry subject matter very interesting.’ – Paddy, 2022

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