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Sunday, May 1 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9D: Essentials of Style LIMITED

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What's your writing style and how do you improve it? What makes Michael Ondaatje or George Saunders or Barry Hannah a Stylist? Using examples from fiction and non-fiction, Matthew Salesses will show you how (and when and why) to add music to your sentences. You'll do this in part through micro-editing, choosing the right verbs, using common words in new ways, cutting out unnecessary words and phrases, adding precision and specificity, and looking at how word order can transform a sentence. We'll also borrow poetic techniques, paying attention to the rhythm and cadence of a sentence, to meter and stressed syllables, and to the persona, or attitude, of the narrator. You'll leave with a cheat sheet of handy techniques. Time permitting, we'll do a quick exercise to try out some of what we've learned.

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Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Best Book of September and a Kindle First pick, and a season’s best selection at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, Gawker, and elsewhere. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Different Racisms (Thought Catalog Books), and The Last Repatriate (Nouvella).  | | Matthew was adopted from Korea and... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Cambridge Room

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