Grammar Hour Workshop Series


Want to give your writing a lift?

Mondays, 2:00-2:50pm, 72 PLC

Our free drop-in workshop series tackles common grammar issues to help you streamline your writing process. Attend one or many!

All workshops are free; no registration is required.

Spring 2017 – Weekly Schedule

April 10 › Proofreading Like a Pro


You don’t need to be a professional editor to know some of the tricks of the proofreading trade. Come practice strategies that will help you spot errors and polish your writing.



April 17 › Choosing the Right Verb Tense

Academic writing often calls for a wide range of verb tenses and specific conventions such as the literary present tense. Come learn subtleties of tense and gain proofreading skills to ensure your verb tense choices are consistent and accurate.

April 24 › Mastering Tricky Subject-Verb Agreement

We know a student studies and students study, but sometimes making sure a verb matches the number of the subject is less straightforward. Practice revising sentences with some of the nouns, pronouns, and sentence structures associated with the most common subject-verb agreement errors.

May 1 › Understanding Verb Mood

If you have heard someone say, “I wish I was . . .,” you have heard a verb mood error. What is mood, and why are such mistakes so common? Come find out!

May 8 › Reducing Passive Voice

The sentence was written. Passive voice was used. But who wrote the sentence? Who used passive voice without realizing that readers prefer direct phrasing and clear information? Join this session to review when passive voice works, why active voice is typically more effective, and how to shift verbs from one voice to another.

May 15 › Un-Dangling Modifiers

Common, illogical, and sometimes hilarious, sentences with dangling modifiers are worth your attention. Join us to learn more!

May 22 › Eliminating Run-On Sentences

Are you unsure of the difference between long sentences and true run-ons? Explore ways to spot and repair both types of run-ons: fused sentences and comma splices.