Class: Poetic Tools for Prose Writers with Rachel Swirsky

Instructor: Rachel Swirsky

The next class date is Sunday, May 5, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time. Cost is $99 for new students; $79 for returning students and Patreon supporters (supporters, some of you get free classes, check to see whether or not they’re included at your level).

Everyone talks about the writers’ toolbox, but how do you go about actually filling it? Poetry provides plenty of techniques applicable to prose that will help make it both more beautiful and more effective.

Some of the things we’ll cover in this workshop:

Concision: When you have few words to work with, each one has to be sharp.

Imagery and Emotion: When narrative is optional, you can focus on making the reader feel.

Rhythm, Sound and Attention: Learn how to guide the reader so their attention falls exactly where you want it.

And a lot more.

Live classes are taught online via Google hangouts, are limited to 15 participants, and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane. A webcam is strongly suggested but not required. If there is an on-demand version of the class, you will be provided with a free coupon for it, so you have access to those notes.

To register for a class, send e-mail with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
  • Remind me if you support me on Patreon or have already taken a class with me so you can get the special rate.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, Venmo, or some other means.
  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You should receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply, mail me with your name, the class name/date, and a brief statement about why you want to take the class. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

Comments are closed.