Chesterfield Library, Derbyshire
A LoveLit writing workshop suitable for adults writing fiction and non-fiction.
James Baldwin wrote that the one true goal of a writer should be ‘to write a sentence as clean as a bone’. The secret of good writing lies in the sentences. When readers find a piece of prose engaging, they are responding not just to the subject matter but to the sound and shape and clarity of the sentences.
Using a bare minimum of technical and grammatical terms, this masterclass will present a guide to writing great sentences. It will show that by understanding a few basic concepts – such as the crucial importance of word order, of identifying a strong subject and main verb, and of paying attention to sentence flow and cadence – we can all write in a way that feels fresh and alive and that comes from a distinctive authorial voice. It will teach participants to see the sentence as a gift from writer to reader – a gift that should never be bought with the reader’s boredom or confusion.
Joe Moran is Professor of English at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of a number of books including Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime (2007), Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness (2016) and of First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life (2018). He writes for the Guardian, the TLS, the New Statesman and other publications.
Please bring along your favourite writing implements whether that be a paper and pen or laptop.
Part of the writing ambitions workshop programme presented by Arts Derbyshire in partnership with Derbyshire Libraries.
Booking essential, book early to avoid disappointment.
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
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