EGL 81 W — The Art of the Sentence
In this course for both fiction and nonfiction writers, we will look at storytellers who approach these questions with unique and bold styles, from James Baldwin to Lidia Yuknavitch. We will also unpack several poetic tropes to aid our sentences’ sonic potential, using devices often associated with poets to enhance our prose projects. Through weekly writing exercises that zero in on the mechanics of being a “sentence architect” and reading from a diverse cast of influences from both the canon and the fringe, the course will showcase techniques to construct prose with vital and vibrant language.
Although the time commitment for an online writing
course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation,
students should plan on investing four to six hours per
week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.
This is the final course of the four-quarter sequence, “The Craft of Creative Writing: The Essential Tools.” These courses are less workshop-oriented than most of our Creative Writing courses, instead devoting each quarter to an intensive and wide-ranging practicum in a key question of craft. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.