Do you love words and sentences? Does finding the right word or phrase make your heart skip a beat? Then this class is for you.
TUESDAYS, JUNE 21—JULY 19, 2016, SAN FRANCISCO
THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT: Sentence-Level Style and Editing
Good writing functions on many levels simultaneously. Tone, suspense, character, imagery, and subtext combine to make a story compelling, whether it’s flash fiction or War and Peace. We tend to think of these elements within the context of a whole—a story, essay, or novel—but to deliver that package, the pieces—the words, phrases, and sentences—need to work hard for us. When should our sentences be lean and mean, and when would a languid, lyrical flow be best? When can a single word say it all, and when might a paragraph-length sentence lead the reader deeper into a place or time or character? When is repetition annoying, and when does it add power? Why should you care about musicality in writing? And how can you learn to see your own work more objectively so that you can make all these decisions?
In this class we’ll explore sentence-level style and self-editing techniques through analysis, discussion, in-class exercises, and optional homework. Bring a piece or pieces of writing (fiction or nonfiction; no poetry) you’d like to work on and share, and be prepared to play. Revision is fun!
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