CLASSES

 

Shaping Sentences: A Style Boot Camp

Thursday, August 18, 2022

6 - 8 pm Central

via Zoom

taught by Sarah K. Lenz

Click here to register for this free event.

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We want everyone to have access to literary arts education, but we also want to compensate our instructors for the important and innovated work they do. If you are able, we appreciate a suggested donation of  $15-25 for this class. 

 

About this class:

Do you know the difference between a left-branching or right-branching sentence? Have you ever used asyndeton or polysyndeton? What about anaphora or alliteration? Do you have strong feelings about the em dash? Do you avoid semi-colons or colons because they seem pretentious or just confusing? Is a sentence fragment always a grammatical error?

In this craft class, we’ll complete a series of sentence-writing calisthenics designed to build your syntax muscles. Think of it as sentence-level strength training to build the stamina and endurance needed to rewrite your work with a keen eye toward stylistic detail.

This class is ideal for:

*writers who want to challenge themselves to write with greater sentence variety and stylistic control

*writers who enjoy discussing what makes a sentence stunning

*writers who want to understand when and how to break grammatical rules

*writers who are facing a revision project and want ideas for how to polish their work

About This Instructor:

Sarah K. Lenz is the author of What Will Outlast Me? (Unsolicited Press 2023). Her essays have appeared in Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. Her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays three times. She’s the founder of Writers’ Studio, and she writes Spirit: Notes for the Creative Contemplative.

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Images and Imagination: a mixed-genre generative workshop

Saturday, September 10, 2022

2 - 4 pm Central

via Zoom

taught by Sarah K. Lenz

Click here to register for this free event.

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We want everyone to have access to literary arts education, but we also want to compensate our instructors for the important and innovative work they do. If you are able, we appreciate a suggested donation of  $15-25 for this class. 

 

About this class:

Images are the life-force behind creative writing. Using words alone, writers can create powerful, moving images inside their readers' minds, which leads to the readers' experience of absorption, a seamless entering into the world of the story/poem in their imagination.

In this class, we'll look at how contemporary writers of fiction, memoir, and poetry use imagery, and we'll practice these techniques with a series of playful writing prompts. 

This class is ideal for:

*writers who want to use image-based writing effectively and avoid common pitfalls when writing image-based prose

*writers who want inspiration and ideas for what to write about

*writers who are curious about trying out a new or less familiar genre

*writers who'd like support and encouragement in a community

About This Instructor:

Sarah K. Lenz is the author of What Will Outlast Me? (Unsolicited Press 2023). Her essays have appeared in Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. Her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays three times. She’s the founder of Writers’ Studio, and she writes Spirit: Notes for the Creative Contemplative.

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