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Saturday, April 30 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
8C: Essentials of the Sentence FILLING

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A piece of literary work succeeds, in part, because of the strength of the language, the beauty of the writing. And what is good writing if not one good sentence followed by another? But how do you define a sentence—at its essence —and what makes a sentence good?

A sentence without logic fails to do the work it has been assigned by confusing the reader and arresting the reader experience, or by taking the reader on a different path than the writer intended. But good sentences are like music; they not only make sense, they are beautiful to hear. Good sentences also propel the reader forward, building on one another, creating their own narrative momentum.

In this seminar we will study successful sentences and why they work. In the process we will build a tool kit to make our sentences the best they can be.

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Alysia Abbott

Director, Boston Literary District
Alysia Abbott is the author of the award-winning memoir Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (WW Norton) now being made into a movie by Sofia Coppola. She's also a journalist whose work has appeared in Vogue, TriQuarterly, Slate, Salon, Real Simple, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. She is the director of the Boston Literary District and a co-founder of the Boston Lit Crawl.

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Cambridge Room