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The Craft of English Writing: Structure, Style, and Rhythm
英語寫作 : 技巧、風格、韻律

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
17 Jul 2024 (Wed)
Next intake(s)
Jul 2025
6 weeks
Course Fee
3416 6413
2508 6403
How to Apply


This course is designed for those who want to embellish writing for creative, academic, and professional purposes.  It teaches and analyses the manner or combination of a variety of sentence patterns — from basic to advanced — professional writers use with great finesse to achieve rich, structural effects.  

Students will learn to use fresh wording and perceptive imagery over clichés, making judicious structural and stylistic placements to highlight points, to occasion surprises, and to group parallel ideas with parallel syntax, punctuated with variables to avoid insipidity.  Tone, meter, colors, diction, syllables, and comparable and/or metaphorical language — these key ingredients for stylish writings will be taught and practised, with guiding rubrics against which to measure your writings.  


Programme Details

This course is suitable for junior secondary and up, local and international school students, and adult professionals who want to learn the practical applications of stylish writing in six weeks, as these are skill-based techniques applicable for different writing exams, levels, and contents. 

  • Introduction to Stylistic Techniques  
  • Introduction to Coordinated and Subordinated Structures, 
  • Elliptical Expression, and Stylish Syntax, with the Poetic  
  • Types of Advanced Phrases and Literary Techniques   
  • Cultivating a Writer’s Ears and Voice  
  • Stylistic Tools: Tone, Meters, Colors, Diction, Syllables, and Comparable and/or Metaphorical Language   

Course Outline

Session 1 focuses on the concepts of structures, the use and the combined use of coordinated and subordinated structures, and of elliptical expression, omitting one or more words implied in the texts, in addition to simple aesthetic syntax.  
Session 2 encompasses the use of basic and advanced phrases, as structural needs and as stylistic devices. Besides, a small portion will be devoted to sharing the techniques for making content-oriented and handsome titles, with senses of styles, structures, and topography.  
Session 3 continue to instruct the use of advanced phrases and will build on the knowledge of the first two lessons to cover advanced coordinated and subordinated structures, coupled with the literary techniques, such as parallelism and chiasmus (inverted parallelism).  
Session 4 concentrate on various sentence patterns for comparing and contrasting elements. Students will be taught to “anatomize” or analyze the elements that make up stylistic pieces, pointing the way for life-long self-learning. One portion will cover tone, meters, syllables, and onomatopoeias, which help students sharpen their auditory sensitivities, allowing them to observe and enhance the effects of sounds in their writings.
Session 5 learn various sentence patterns for descriptive purposes and to approach each creative piece like a picture, “colored” with tone, fresh wording and perceptive comparable and/or metaphorical language.
Session 6 teach various inverted patterns for highlighting points and some parts of speech.  To conclude, some practical self-judging techniques, experiential skills, and books written in high-style will be shared for self-development. 

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The Craft of English Writing: Structure, Style, and Rhythm -
Application Code 2292-1103NW
Start Date 17 Jul 2024 (Wed)
Time 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue Room 207, Admiralty Learning Centre

Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 6 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Teacher Information

Ms Gloria Luk


Teaching English Literature and advanced writing techniques, Ms Gloria Luk studied in Canada: earning her B.A. Honours and M.A. in English Literature at Western University and University of Calgary, respectively, in addition to completing pedagogical training for higher education in graduate school. She was an editor of Dandelion Magazine, a Canadian literary magazine, and continues to be an independent editor. Luk writes poetry, and some of her works are anthologized: “Cuora Cyclornata”, on Hong Kong’s diaspora, is in Another Hong Kong; “Pearly White Petals”, a subversive rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in Of Gods and Mobsters; “Morning Drift”, in Yuan Yang.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,400

Entry Requirements

  • Junior secondary students requiring no prerequisite knowledge. 

  • Applicants should be aged 15 or above


Enrolment Method

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a) complete the enrolment form and enroll in the course(s)

(i) at the Enrolment Centres of HKU SPACE (please refer to the ‘Learning / Enrolment Centres’ section) by cash, EPS, cheque/bank draft or credit cards (VISA / MasterCard);


(ii) by mail with cheque/bank draft to ‘HKU SPACE Summer School Office, 11/F, 250 King’s Road, Hong Kong'.
Cheque/Bank draft should be made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ with applicant’s name and course(s) applied written on the back.  A photo of the applicant (in plain colour background, 45mm(W) x 55mm(H)) is also required.

b) apply through the School’s online enrolment system and pay by credit card or PPS.

  • All applicants who are below age 18 on 10 July 2024 MUST complete and submit the ‘Parent/Guardian Consent Form’ together with the Enrolment Form.
  • If you are applying for more than one course, please check to ensure that there is no clash of class schedules before submitting your application.


  1. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted to a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  2. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  3. Receipts will only be issued once. For additional copies of proof of payments, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.
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