Once a week or so, I will be posting a guest blog by my friend and colleague, Shauna Bolton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you about Shauna. Not only is she a writer with a keen eye for editing, she is my go-to gal for everything SPaG (spelling, punctuation, and grammar). Shauna and I started at Coursera together and have developed our professional and personal relationship. I admire Shauna. I have no idea how she keeps all this straight.

Shauna is a great teacher – she will give you lessons in a way that you can understand. She’s had lots of practice at this.

I’m honoured to share her knowledge with all of you.

Shauna…

 

 

 

Hello! I’m Shauna Bolton, your grammar guide at ourwritersjourney.com.

 

Every professional opportunity I’ve ever had came to me because I wrote well: California Bar membership and a career practicing law, a second career teaching high school English, a two-week trip to Japan as the Toyota Motor Corporation’s guest, Language Arts National Board Certification, and this invitation to show you how the English language really works.

I love teaching people how to write well. We’ll talk about everything from the parts of speech to creating flawless “monster” sentences like those of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner. You’ll learn how to use commas, apostrophes, and other punctuation correctly. I’ll show you how to create parallel structures that add gravitas to your writing.

What am I like as a person? I love beautiful sunsets and brightly colored fish. I hate spinach, liver and onions, bullies, and pain that won’t go away. I’m a quiet person who likes quiet entertainment.

I enjoy movies, listening to music – classical, jazz, and folk. I play church organ and jazz piano. I compose music and write poetry. I like to cook and try new recipes. I make quilts, from baby blankets to king-size coverlets. I knit baby clothes and my own sweaters.

I’ve got my challenges just like you. I’m disabled, a double-lung transplant survivor, with all the challenges that implies. I stutter. I’m curious about the world. I follow current events closely – sometimes too closely. I speak German and basic Japanese. I’ve studied abroad and traveled in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a student, a volunteer, and a professional. And now I’m a teacher again.

Let’s go to work!

Contact me using the form below if you have specific lesson requests or questions.