The Art of WritingKursnummer: 10421on
25./26./28. January 2021
01./02./04. February 2021
16.30 – 18.30 Uhr
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€ 180 ausschließlich für JournalistInnen
Normalpreis: € 690 für alle nichtjournalistischen Berufe
We like to think BIG about ideas and stories, about plot and narrative arc, structure and pacing. But all writing begins with the humble sentence, the purposeful, potent ordering of words. In this six-session workshop, we will focus on the power of the sentence through presentations, examples, short exercises, and question and answer critiques.
Session #1: THE ART OF THE SENTENCE.
The power of grammar, the well-chosen word, tone and voice, rhythm, and pace.
Session #2: THE FIRST SENTENCE.
Inviting the reader in. Seven approaches to opening sentences. Learning from examples. (Exercise #1 due next session: a great first sentence)
Session #3: SHARING AND COMPARING.
Critiquing, editing, improving that first sentence. (Based on your work, exercise #1)
Session #4: SENTENCES THAT BRING CHARACTERS TO LIFE.
Description dialog, action, thought; the “telling detail.” (Exercise #2: 1-2 sentences that capture a character due next session)
Session #5: SHARING AND COMPARING plus SENTENCES THAT SKETCH A LANDSCAPE
A short discussion and critique of character-revealing sentences. (Based on your work, exercise #2) Sentences that bring a place to life. (Exercise #3: 1-2 sentences that place the reader in your writing space due next session)
Session #6: SHARING AND COMPARING plus SENTENCES THAT END A STORY
A short discussion and critique of landscape-sketch sentences. (Based on your work, exercise #3). What an “end” sentence looks like. Why endings are so hard to write.
Lauren Kessler (laurenkessler.com) is an American journalist and the award-winning author of 9 books who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement, from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the hidden world of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Her books have been Wall Street Journal and People magazine „best“ selections, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestsellers. She has written for the New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times magazine, O (Oprah) magazine and The Nation among others. Her book of essays on the art and craft of writing, Gute Texte, was just recently published in Austria.
She blogs at www.laurenchronicles.com about wellness and living an engaged life. Kessler is an international speaker and workshop leader and the creator of two graduate programs in narrative journalism at the University of Oregon.