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Your Writing Hasn't Got Poetry, What's the Point?
Facilitator: Sarah Zale
prose writing utilizes the tools of poetry. It believes in the spirit
needed to write poetry. Good prose writing—be it essay, memoir,
biography, or fiction—begins with a writer’s personal reflection about
the world and his or her place in it. A good writer senses that the
examination of her personal responses to what is happening in this world
is key to both solving our world problems AND improving writing (e.g.
ending writer’s block, eliminating stereotypes). A good writer knows
that scenes and truths and characters touch a reader only if he does what
the poet does—uses both the mind and the senses to find the right words.
works very hard to direct us to the future, to blur the past. It severs
our vocal cords, our memories, our “words.” Writing can forge a path
back to our experiences and what they have taught us about the world.
good writer is an observer and a listener. She or he understands what is
between the lines and knows how to communicate the “unsaid” to the
How do we
know what we know?: Using the brain and all (15?) senses
writing offers readers an experience to somewhere new or helps them
revisit somewhere old. The success of this goal depends on arousing all
the senses. How many are there, anyway? How many do we incorporate in our
Four: Opening new doors: communicating with nature
Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course. Required materials, if any, are listed in the course syllabus.
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