Writing Exquisite Sentences
Saturday 28 July 2018, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
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Regardless of genre, style or level of experience, all writers work with words and sentences as the basic units of prose. This course will re-focus your writing on the level of the sentence, providing practical ways to improve your prose in both drafting and editing stages. You will learn, among other things, to write more freely and imaginatively, to strengthen your verbs, avoid cliché, master imagery and metaphor, and edit your work, and the work of others, more effectively. The course involves a combination of tuition, examples, writing exercises and workshopping to empower you to elevate your sentences from ordinary to sublime.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Participants will gain a better understanding of what makes a good (or bad) sentence across a range of contexts.
- Participants will learn to read and evaluate their own and other people’s writing on a sentence level.
- Participants will leave with practical techniques and exercises for improving their sentences in an ongoing manner.
Participants should be actively involved in developing a writing practice within any genre, but are not expected to have any publication history. Participants should bring a short piece of writing – one to two paragraphs – for workshopping on the day.
About the tutor
Emily Bitto is an award-winning Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. She has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and has been teaching creative writing for over a decade.