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"How to Write a Sentence," James Geary, Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor

October 3, 2019 - 10:30am
Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB

Sentences are the basic building blocks of writing, whether you're writing poetry, prose, journalism, academic papers, or any other genre. This workshop explores what sentences are, how they work, and how to write them by focusing on the brief, witty, philosophical sayings known as aphorisms (e.g., "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible" —Stanislaw Lec). In this lively, interactive workshop, we will work with all the tools of prosody to create impromptu aphoristic compositions, in the process learning how to construct the kind of concise, vivid sentences that linger in readers' minds.

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Sponsored by the Department of English, with support from the Nonfiction Writing Program, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Writing Program, Iowa City City of Literature, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Provost's Office.

Free and open to the public.