Sentencing Our Stories to Death: The Importance of Grammar (with Meg Granger)
Sentences can be windy things, weaving in and around profound wordings and/or surprising punctuations; they can ask for a fair deal of attention and artistry in order to fully showcase a single image. They can also be bare. Isolated. Isolating, too. They can devastate a story in one simple clause. Yet ultimately clean, confident, striking sentence-level writing has the potential to transform your prose. When drafting, however, our writing is often chocked full of sentences that are dull, overwrought, repetitive, and just plain confusing. In this workshop, we'll explore the dichotomy of all writing: What we say vs. how we say it. To do this, we'll delve into the intricacies of style, syntax, and all those significant (sometimes forgotten) grammar rules. Through examination of sentence-level mechanics, we'll wade into the structure of our prose and work toward strengthening our grasp of how sentences can work at their highest potential.
Note:Participants should bring 500 words of their own writing to class, via hard copy (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman), in order to partake in an in-class workshop. They will have the opportunity to submit this same 500 words as a work sample for critique by the instructor via email. All work must be received no later than one week after the class.
About the Instructor:
MEG GRANGER's work has appeared in poetry-form for the Merrimack Review and in Flash and Short Fiction for Crack the Spine’s Issue 238 and “Routine” Anthology, respectively. She completed a readership for The Master’s Review and is the current Fiction/Nonfiction Editor for Common Ground Review. Since graduating with a MFA in Creative Writing from Western New England University, she has gone on on to teach at her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor of English Composition while also working for BusinessWest Magazine in Springfield, MA. She is currently at work rounding out a short story and novella collection as well as many flash fictions.
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 (1 - 4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg, MA
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