Since at least the 2009 appearance of Gary Lutz’s major essay “The Sentence is a Lonely Place,” this syntactic unit has been having a moment. Other recent preachers of the gospel of the sentence include Stanley Fish (How to Write a Sentence), Gordon Lish (see oeuvre), and Virginia Tufte (Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style). For that matter, it was Emerson who insisted “Every sentence is a surprise” and “The maker of a sentence . . . launches out into the infinite and builds a road into chaos and old Night.”
But what makes a sentence powerful, arresting, pleasing to the eye and ear? In this two-part interactive course, we will examine aspects of the sentence such as rhythm, syntax, appearance, efficiency, and sound.
Each part costs $25 on its own, but you can attend both parts for only $40. (A discount will be applied at checkout.) You can buy your ticket for part 1 on this page and for part 2 here.
While these principles are most germane to fiction and creative nonfiction, anyone with an interest in sentences is welcome.