See also:
Grammar 1: The Basics

Grammar 2: Expertise and Finesse

Grammar 2: Expertise and Finesse

Grammar 2: Expertise and Finesse is an Intensive, meaning it happens in a short time span (1 day in NYC, or 2 days on Zoom). The course includes a mixture of lectures and exercises. It’s open to writers of any level. Farther down, you can view a syllabus for this course.

If you feel you’re solid with the basics of grammar, you may go straight to Grammar 2. If you’re in doubt about this, start with Grammar 1; it will be valuable even if some of it is review.

For companies interested in our Grammar program, see our Grammar brochure or visit our Corporate Classes page.

We teach grammar in a way that is intuitive and fun, rather than relying on terminology and rigid rules.

Do you panic when you punctuate? Does grammar make you say, “grrr!”

Grammar 1 teaches the basics of grammar, just enough so you won’t make errors that show you in a bad light. You’ll be amazed at how quick quickly your competence and confidence will grow.

Do you aspire to be a grammar aficionado? The one everyone turns to for grammatical advice?

Grammar 2 teaches the picky (but important) details of grammar, and will show you how to manipulate your sentences and punctuation not just correctly, but artfully.

Both courses come with an invaluable reference guide, created exclusively for Gotham students.

About Grammar
Grammar 2: Expertise and Finesse

The Grammar Handbook is awesome. I have it on my desktop for immediate reference while writing.

Patrick Fragel

writer

Notes

This is not an English-as-second-language course. It’s fine if English is not your first language, but you must speak and write it fluently.

Upcoming Classes

To ensure everyone's good health, students in NYC classes must provide proof of full Covid vaccinations (the initial series of Covid vaccines plus at least one booster). We will accept your Covid vaccine card (or a digital scan), a NY State Excelsior digital card, or another form of government-approved proof. We will contact you before class begins about showing us proof. Also, we will require masks in the classrooms and Gotham premises.

More Covid details
  • Saturday Feb. 4 & Saturday Feb. 11
    Zoom, 1pm – 4pm ET
    2-Day Intensive
  • Saturday Apr. 15 & Saturday Apr. 22
    Zoom, 1pm – 4pm ET
    2-Day Intensive

Price

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

2-Day

Syllabus

This course gives an overview of the insider insight that make a grammar expert. Course components:
     Brief lectures
     Writing exercises

Topics: 

The Verb Universe

  • Verbs
  • Verbals—infinitives, participles, gerunds
  • Verbal Problems
  • Parallel Structure
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Dynamic Verbs

Tenses

  • Tenses—simple, perfect, progressive, perfect progressive
  • Irregular Verbs

Sentence Structure

  • Syntax
  • Fragments
  • Patterns—simple, compound, complex, compound-complex
  • Add-ons

Playing With Punctuation

  • Commas
  • Advanced Commas
  • Dashes, En Dashes, and Hyphens
  • Apostrophes

Teachers

Lara Ewen
Lara Ewen

Lara Ewen is senior editor of Fashion Dive. She's the author of The Girlshop Guide to NYC Shopping (Shecky’s Media), and her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Insider, the Kansas City Star, Newsday, NYC&G, NPR, PBS, Retail Dive, Slate, and Zagat, and she's a regular contributor to American Libraries Magazine. She has served as the U.S. market report columnist for Rapaport Magazine, editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Sportswear International magazine, a freelance digital editorial consultant for Rolling Stone, and a consulting editor at Women’s Wear Daily.  She is also the talent booker for the Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum. She has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She holds a BA from Boston University.

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