Elements of Craft

How to Write Prose Like A Poet

Friday, November 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
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A phrase borrowed from writer Steve Almond, the “lyric register” refers to language that has the feeling, intensity, and sonorousness of poetry. Whatever your genre, you can make your prose more memorable by employing the techniques that poets have long used. When you do, your readers pay attention and become intoxicated by your work. In this workshop, we will piggyback off select poems in order to propel us into an authentic place where our words can surprise us with their beauty and originality. Bring paper and pens; leave with a better ear and lots of ideas about how to make your prose sing. 

Part of GrubStreet's Elements of Craft series, dedicated to exploring craft issues on a deeper level. For more on this series' offerings, click here.

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A wonderful experience! I know nothing about poetry and have been intimidated about taking a class. This was quite enjoyable - a nice introduction. Leslie is an excellent instructor. She provided a comfortable learning environment and lots of useful information.
- Cathy Nichols


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