Writespace Workshop: "Writing with Style" with Matthew Salesses
What is a "prose stylist" and how do you become one? What makes Michael Ondaatje, George Saunders and Barry Hannah a stylist? Using examples from fiction and nonfiction, participants will work out how (and when and why) to add music to their sentences. The workshop will address issues of style, in part through micro-editing — how to use common words in new ways, cut out unnecessary words and phrases, add precision and specificity, employ unique syntax.
Guests will also borrow poetic techniques while paying attention to rhythm and cadence and meter, and to the persona. Participants will leave with a cheat sheet of handy techniques. Bring the first two pages of a piece that needs editing.