Course Description

Does the mention of a run-on sentence fill you with dread? Do your sentences cry out for more vitality and brevity? Are you interested in strategies that professional editors use to revise efficiently? Strong writers tune up their grammar and writing skills regularly. They know that good grammar and clear, dynamic writing are fundamental to successful and stylish writing. In this non-certificate course you will review the basics of grammar including parts of speech, sentence structure, common grammatical problems and solutions, and punctuation. Examine how to dramatically improve your writing by applying the principles of clarity, brevity, energy, and cohesion. Leave with skills and resources that will help you continue to refine your writing skills.

This course is intended for native English speakers or high level second language speakers. Our English language policy can be found at: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/policies/list/english.jsp.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify parts of speech and sentence structure.
  • Resolve common grammatical problems.
  • Apply the conventions that govern punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviations.
  • Appreciate and apply key style principles to improve clarity, precision, and fluency.
  • Define and apply some of the strategies and techniques that professional editors use.


Former code and name: WRI 203 Intensive Grammar and Style Clinic

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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8:30AM to 4:30PM
Apr 28, 2020 to Apr 30, 2020
Schedule and Location
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Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $325.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Good Writing Is Good Business
Edition: First
Author: Margaret Chandler
Publisher: Green Fuse Inc.
ISBN-10: 0995976902
ISBN-13: 9780995976900

Ebooks available for purchase at: https://goodbusinesswriter.com

Section Notes

Course dates: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 & Thursday, April 30, 2020. Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm for each day, with a half hour lunch break. 

Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with course materials before your first class.

This course is intended for native English speakers or high level second language speakers. Our English language policy can be found at: http://conted.ucalgary.ca/policies/list/english.jsp.  If you are uncertain of your eligibility to register into this course, please call: (403) 220-2866.

Assignments and group work will be required throughout the course duration and a final assignment may be due after the course has ended.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L one week prior to the course start date. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Students are expected to attend all sessions.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Safewalk service: 

  • Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  
  • Friday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   
  • No service on Sundays, holidays, and designated campus closure dates.
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