Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?
October 17, 2009 8:04 AM Subscribe
In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose!
posted by cymru_j to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I’m hoping to build a composition class around short examples of effective and in effective writing. I'm thinking of passages of about 1-6 sentences.
We'll look at excerpted passages as a class and analyze what makes them more or less effective. Maybe we'll even try rewriting them in various ways to note the effect.
Passages from well-loved (or well-hated) prose stylists are very welcome, but bonus points for writing whose quality seems surprising or out of context, i.e. poor writing where one might expect strong (from a respected magazine, author, columnist) or good prose that pops up in off-beat venues (blogs, advertising copy, tabloids, etc.).
Any comments on why said prose is effective or ineffective are also welcome.
Thanks very much, guys!