Class: Poetic Tools for Prose Writers with Rachel Swirsky

Instructor: Rachel Swirsky

The next class date is Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

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.


Classes are taught online and require a reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

Cost is $99 ($79 for Patreon supporters and former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email 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 will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

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 for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. 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.

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