Writing Sentences That Sing: A Sentence-Level Bootcamp for Prose Writers (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
In my years as a literary magazine editor and manuscript consultant, I have seen prose manuscripts fail and succeed for countless reasons, but one thing remains clear: If the sentence-level writing is not absolutely solid, the most brilliant ideas and stories will topple under this faulty foundation, and ultimately fail to hook readers. In order to captivate readers, your sentences MUST not only be clear, specific, and wield the power of figurative language to their advantage, but they must achieve a level of flow, rhythm, and ease that invites readers into the experience and pulls them along effortlessly. The good news is that solid sentence-level writing is one of the more mechanical and easily-learned aspects of writing, and it's easy to practice too!
This course will cover every major issue I normally see in many of my one-on-one work with writers. Every week we'll cover one major topic in sentence-level writing, and we'll practice with quick in-class exercises. There will be light homework in between classes, no more than a paragraph or two, and a chance to receive line-edits from the instructor.
Week One: Clarity
Week Two: Grammar and syntax
Week Three: Figurative Language
Week Four: Flow, rhythm, sound, and the full paragraph
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016. She's a former associate fiction editor at West Branch, and her fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, American Short Fiction, New Ohio Review, Gulf Coast, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The New School and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and MVICW. Her short fiction has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions and Ploughshare's Emerging Writer's Contest.
WHEN: 4 Weeks: Sundays, September 6 - 27 ( 6 - 8pm)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
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