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Professor Brooks Landon, Ph.D.

Professor Brooks Landon
  • The University of Iowa
  • The University of Texas at Austin
This is a course in which we will dance with language, not a course in which we will trudge toward remedial correctness.

Dr. Brooks Landon is Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Professor of English and Collegiate Fellow at The University of Iowa and Director of the university's General Education Literature Program. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Since 1978, Professor Landon has regularly offered a prose-style course focused on the sentence. He has also taught courses in nonfiction writing, contemporary American fiction, 20th-century American literature and culture, modern fiction, science fiction, hypertext fiction and scholarship, and electronic textuality. Published widely in the fields of contemporary American literature and science fiction, Professor Landon is the author of numerous books, including Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars; The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production; and Thomas Berger. Among his many awards and accolades are a University of Iowa M. L. Huit Teaching Award and an International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship.

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"If I'd only had this course ten years ago. Professor Landon's presentation is superb, the information well researched, a must have course for any writer."

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23 Courses and Sets

  1. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft Sale

    Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Brooks Landon
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences. In Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, Professor Brooks Landon from the University of Iowa—one of the nation's top writing schools—shows you the pleasure in reading and writing great sentences. Explore the stylistic rewards (and risks) of various sentence forms, learn how to build and appreciate effective and elegant...
  2. History of World Literature; C Set

    History of World Literature; C

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,249.65 Starting at $2,249.65 $3,169.65 $2,249.65$3,169.65
    With this engrossing seven-course set, develop an extraordinary familiarity with the authors and works that have defined human civilization—all without reading hundreds of thousands of pages! Explore literary masterpieces from around the world with Classics of American Literature, Classics of Russian Literature, Classics of British Literature, and The History of World Literature. Then delve into iconic works...
  3. (Set) Art of Reading, Building Great Sentences & Argumentatio Set

    (Set) Art of Reading, Building Great Sentences & Argumentatio

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Discover the secrets of great writing, artful reading, and effective reasoning with this enjoyable and accessible three-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how to make your reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with The Art of Reading, Afterward, strengthen your ability to...
  4. (Set) Story of Human Language & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Story of Human Language & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Use the power of language to become a better writer with these two courses delivered by expert writers, speakers, and professors. First, in The Story of Human Language, chart the exciting development of human language from a single tongue to the estimated 6,000 languages in use around the world today. Then, in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, get unique insights into the nature of great...
  5. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get a fascinating window into the power of the written word with this two-course set that explores the essence of great writing. Experience the startling brilliance that makes a work of literature a "classic" in Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature. Then, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.
  6. (Set) Analysis and Critique & Building Great Sentences Set on sale

    (Set) Analysis and Critique & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $385.00 Starting at $61.90 $124.90 $61.90$124.90
    Transform yourself into a stronger, more confident writer with the helpful concepts and strategies in this two-course set delivered by masters of the craft. First, immerse yourself in the elements of successful writing—from organizing your thoughts to making persuasive arguments to avoiding common grammatical errors—in Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything. Then, in Building Great...
  7. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Building Great Sentences; Joy of Mathematics; Understanding the Fundamentals of Music; and The Everyday Guide to Wine in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find...
  8. Building Great Sentences: Expl Set

    Building Great Sentences: Expl

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    These three insightful courses will open your eyes and ears to the power of language and literature. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences that have the power to captivate our attention and emotions. Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works explores strange tales of fantasy and science...
  9. (Set) Art of Reading & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft  Set

    (Set) Art of Reading & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover a wealth of practical and accessible insights that can enhance and improve your reading and writing with this engaging two-course set. Start by learning how to make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with The Art of Reading. Then, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.
  10. Set: How to Become a SuperStar Student & Building Great Sent Set

    Set: How to Become a SuperStar Student & Building Great Sent

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $394.90 Starting at $394.90 $454.90 $394.90$454.90
  11. (Set)  The Critical Thinkers Toolkit Set

    (Set) The Critical Thinkers Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,289.70 Starting at $1,289.70 $1,529.70 $1,289.70$1,529.70
  12. (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & Argumentation, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & Argumentation, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $385.00 Starting at $61.90 $124.90 $61.90$124.90
    Strengthen your ability to write stylistically and argue your views successfully with the guidance of two award-winning professors. In Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, you gain unique insights into the nature of great writing and learn how to achieve some of that greatness yourself. In Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition, you learn how to reason, how to persuade others...
  13. (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Hone the way you think about, write, and read with this three-course set. In Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, learn how to build and appreciate elegant and informative sentences. In Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything, explore all the vital elements of successful writing. And in The Art of Reading, learn tools and techniques that will make future reading experiences...
  14. (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn methods to draw in and influence your audience, both verbally and in writing, with this course set that gives you the tools to acquire these powerful skills. The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals, reveals the tried-and-true methods experienced storytellers use to develop and tell entertaining and memorable stories. And Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft demonstrates the...
  15. (Set)  Myths of Language Usage & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Myths of Language Usage & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  16. (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  17. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Practicing Mindfulness; The Everyday Guide to Wine; Building Great Sentences; and The World's Greatest Paintings in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find only...
  18. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $479.90 $479.90$479.90
    Discover what makes for great writing and reading in these two popular courses. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences. Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative reveals fascinating insights into great works from these three powerful literary genres.
  19. (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    This immensely practical two-course set will help improve your writing of the stories that you want to share with others and will show you the power of the individual sentences used to construct those stories in this creative two-course set. Explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers, in...
  20. (Set)  Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  21. (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Discover fascinating new insights about English in this two-course set that takes you deep inside the sheer pleasure and intriguing history of this amazing language. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, get a revised and updated look at the remarkable history of English, from the Middle Ages to the modern...
  22. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Learn how great sentences are crafted and sample how the West's greatest writers used them to create timeless literary treasures with this enlightening two-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how authors from Homer to St. Augustine to Dickens to Faulkner employed powerful writing in...
  23. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Building Great Sentences; Joy of Mathematics; Understanding the Fundamentals of Music; and The Art of Critical Decision Making in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you...