Marie’s Secret to Writing an Essay

The Free Cozy Grammar Newsletter with Marie Rackham and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

One of the topics Marie was most intent on helping her students understand was how to write an essay. As she explains in the introduction to The Basic Cozy Essay Course, if we don't know how to write an essay, it can be a fearsome assignment.

Perhaps you've known this frustrating experience, or perhaps you've seen it in trying to help your children learn to write an essay.

What you may not know, however, is that Marie knew this experience too, from the inside. When she first went to university, no one had ever taught her how to write an essay and this led to . . . well, why don't I let her tell you the story herself?

You may find it as surprising as I did. 

Marie's Basic Essay Format

As you can see, the secret to writing an essay is to learn and use a basic essay format.

The format Marie teaches in The Basic Cozy Essay Course follows the following basic outline:


The first sentence states the theme of the essay—what the essay is about. In other words you put the title of the essay in sentence form. The next sentence, or sentences, lists the main points of the essay—what you will discuss in the essay. Remember, the opening paragraph is like a table of contents in paragraph form.


Each succeeding paragraph will expand upon the main points you stated in the opening paragraph. You will write a paragraph for each main point.


This is a summation of the essay. It is a “rounding out” of your ideas by bringing the essay back to the opening paragraph.


The Beauty of Beginnings

Here's a special heads-up about our next live offering.

In January I'll be teaching a free live class for everyone who is currently using Cozy Grammar’s Complete Curriculum. You too can get access to this live class by signing up for our award-winning curriculum.

The title of the class is The Beauty of Beginnings: Three secrets about the first words of sentences, and will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 11, at 1pm Pacific.

Sound interesting? Take a peek at our Complete Curriculum and see whether our curriculum might be of service to you.

I hope this finds you and your family healthy and happy.

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma



Marie's Language Consultant
The Cozy Grammar Series of Courses