Grammar: Advanced

Understand style, tone, structure and form at the sentence level

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 9-10pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Learn how to easily spot and fix problems as they exist in your professional and personal writing.

By generating in-class writing samples and editing them, you'll learn how to proofread and edit your own work. We'll also study advanced proofreading techniques and learn how to develop checklists that ensure your work is error free, every time.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and replace weak verbs
  • Eliminate unnecessary wordiness at the sentence level
  • Write graceful comparisons
  • Understand nominalizations and how to root them out
  • Avoid the passive voice

By the end of class, you will have:

The ability to unpack grammar issues at the sentence level.

Admission requirements:

This class is designed for students who have completed Grammar and Punctuation or have proven writing and editing experience. Please apply with a letter of interest outlining your work experience.

Magdalena Alagna Schmidt has worked as a copy editor for Infobase Publishing, a copy chief and copy editor for Rosen Publishing, and a proofreader for The National Law Journal. She has edited hundreds of books on subjects ranging from the life and times of Abigail Adams to the dangers of cosmetic surgery. She holds strong opinions about split infinitives and serial commas.

  • "Magdalena is the high priestess of grammar. She will teach you how to make dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, and poorly formed sentences disappear from your life."

    Peter Messina

  • "Magdalena is a wordsmith. Her class allowed me to walk away with the tools and guides to find answers to my grammar questions."

    Grace Cavallo

  • "Magdalena gave me the tools to excel at copy editing. She met all my expectations in terms of course content and exceeded them in terms of her teaching style."

    Henry Visotski

  • "Magdalena was enthusiastic about every topic and had an obvious fervor for the art of constructing sentences. She was approachable and professional."

    Katie Sherman

  • "Magdalena makes learning and relearning grammar rules fun! Having such an easy-going, knowledgeable instructor made class worth every minute and penny."

    Teresa Errico

  • "Magdalena's presentations were engaging because she not only has an academic grasp of the subject, but also a hands-on approach which showed us what to expect in the industry."

    Nirvana Williams

  • "Magdelena gives you the skills and confidence to become a copy editor in just weeks. Her extensive knowledge of grammar and language is an amazing added bonus."

    Karen Grant

  • "Magdalena is outstanding! She really knows her stuff, communicates clearly, and inspires confidence. She offered great insights."

    Jody Potter

  • "Magdalena was inspired about grammar and her passion for it was infectious."

    Gabrielle Zuckerman

  • "I began using the material we covered on the job right after the first class. This is real-world grammar at its best."

    Gloria Dawson

  • "Magdalena is smart, knowledgeable, lighthearted yet serious, respectful, and very encouraging. I can't imagine anyone being better."

    Frances Schoenfeld

  • "I took this class together with my daughter, and we both felt the information Magdalena presented was useful, important, and relevant."

    Mary Brown

  • "Magdalena really knows grammar. She is approachable and emphasizes practicality over jargon. This course will benefit everyone from the novice to the seasoned professional."

    Stuart Ellison