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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

The Art of the Sentence

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  • $65.00 Non-Member
  • $55.00 Member

Class Description

A piece of literary work succeeds, in part, because of the strength of the language, the beauty of the writing. And what is good writing if not one good sentence followed by another? But how do you define a sentence—at its essence—and what makes a sentence great? A sentence without logic fails to do the work it has been assigned by confusing the reader and arresting the reader experience, or by taking the reader on a different path than the writer intended. But artful sentences are like music; they not only make sense, they are beautiful to hear. Artful sentences also propel the reader forward, building on one another, creating their own narrative momentum. In this seminar we will study successful sentences and why they work, and complete a number of class exercises. You will leave the class newly inspired about your writing, with a toolkit to help make your sentences the best they can be.

To learn more about instructor Alysia Abbott and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!