Sentence-Level Music I: Core Principles of Great Sentences - Remote!
Most writers produce good sentences, but few produce consistently great ones. Members of this club tend to be authors of some notoriety; the purpose of this two-part seminar is to nudge ourselves a bit closer to that level. In Part I, we'll break down a selection of great sentences in an attempt to decipher how they work and what makes them effective. We’ll look at such topics as the proposition as the basic building block of sentences, establishing sentence-level suspense, the importance of specificity and economy, the effective usages of short sentences vs long, and the underestimated power of cumulative syntax to capture the distilled meaning that is an essential characteristic of gripping fiction and memoir. A number of brief writing exercises will help integrate our observations in the interest of endowing our own sentences with greater clarity, vividness, substance, and impact.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
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