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Mastering English Composition

“ Unlock your writing potential with Lucy.”

About Writing With Lucy . . .

Writing with Lucy is an online learning program to teach the fundamentals of English composition. There are fourteen teaching units, most of which are divided into lessons with practice exercises.

Who is Lucy and what does Lucy have to do with English composition? Lucy is a Yellow Labrador Retriever. She is energetic, affectionate, intelligent, and always with me. When I write in my study, Lucy is my faithful companion, and I am, therefore . . . writing with Lucy. It seemed as good a title as any for this course on English composition. That’s where Lucy comes in. When your friends admire your new writing skills, you can tell them you learned with Lucy!

Who am I? I served as a trial and appellate lawyer in US state and federal courts, including as an Assistant United States Attorney. For many years, I taught English composition to young lawyers and law students. Based on my practice and teaching experience, I know how to write English and how to teach others how to write English. Read some of my blogs posted on this website and make up your own mind.

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Our Vision . . .

Today, in this baffling, troubled world, good English composition skills rank high as indicators of success in life. But too many of us are challenged when we are called upon to write anything of consequence. The result: we don’t write when we should, or, if we do write, we write poorly. Lucy’s vision addresses these problems. In a small way, or perhaps in a large way as this program gains momentum, Lucy aims to produce better writers of the English language: writers who are confident of their writing skills, and unafraid to use them. It’s that simple.

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Our Mission . . .

The mission of Lucy is nothing less than improving or enhancing literacy among us. Broadly speaking, literacy involves reading and writing a language, in our case the English language. Lucy states in the course how reading and writing are intertwined. To be an excellent writer, one must be an excellent reader. Here we are concerned with just the writing element of literacy and Lucy’s mission is to foster broad interest in reviving the desire to write good English – beautiful English — as was the case before lax grammar and punctuation habits crept into our emails and texts, diminishing our language. Indeed, if current trends persist, large segments of the English-speaking world are at risk of losing touch with the principles of good English composition. The mission here is to begin the effort to prevent that calamity from happening.

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Our Goal . . .

To make our world a little better by enabling effective written communication – in the professions, business and commerce, a myriad of governmental activities, and our personal lives. Note that English is now the dominant language of the world, particularly in global commerce and science and technology, making effective writing a must have skill for many people. Good writing brings understanding in our troubled world, as well as satisfaction and confidence to the writer, especially when someone acknowledges your well-written piece!

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