This latest book review has me in a quandry: do I keep this terrific little book at home, or store it at my office to use with my students? Perhaps the question should actually be: is there an e-book version so I can just have one available everywhere?
I am not a fan of grammar.
Yep. You heard it. This writer, poet, editor, and teacher is not fond of grammar. Why? I’ve written about it before so I won’t be digressing into a detailed discussion of that, but I love when someone can take the topic of grammar and do so non-snottily (a shout-out to a John Green video as well with that statement).
This book came out of coursework for creative writers at UNC-Chapel Hill, and some of the topics and exercises inside it are a bit advanced (even for me: the grammar weary). There are many, however, that I think would just be great fun for writers at a variety of levels. I picked out exercises I could try when I felt “blocked” with my own writing as well as ones to use in class as refereshers like how about turning poem or lyrics into the passive voice? Or want to play with the phonics/sounds of words? Word games with infinitives? I could go on.
If you go to the website for the book you can link to videos and other information. This is one I would highly recommend although not necessarily as one to read straight through. It is more of a resource, and one I’m glad to have in my stack