Day 1: Style

Module 1

Module Structure

Welcome session

An introduction to the event from me, your host, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Tech tips, ground rules and expectations, and hidden bonuses. 

Master the Cumulative Sentence

Have you ever mumbled to yourself, "I know what I want to say, but I don't know how to say it"? Of course you have. The "How" that you are missing is the style of your writing, and the style of your writing is largely determined by the structure of your sentences and paragraphs. Don Stewart will show you an amazing system to bring those crucial elements alive, by examining the best sources possible—the great authors themselves. Imagine learning how to write like J. K. Rowling, Harper Lee, David Halberstam, Malcolm Gladwell, or Tara Westover. This talk will inspire you to go back to your drafts and write infinitely better.

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Spectacular Sentences

Want to see -- and try out for yourself -- examples of amazing, outrageous, show-stopping sentences? The author of How to Write Stunning Sentences and The Translator will guide us through some great examples of prose style -- and help us design our own

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Should Writers Listen to Strunk and White?

"The Elements of Style," perhaps the most famous writing manual ever, includes a pithy recommendation: "Omit needless words." But should you adopt a minimalist writing style? We'll consider this question by looking at a range of examples drawn primarily from the realm of children's literature.

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What Expert Writers Know About Style

Grammar columnist and podcaster June Casagrande will teach you to pay more attention to the words you place on the page. Learn the benefits of deliberate focus on word choice and sentence construction.

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Character at the Sentence Level

Author and podcaster Sacha Black teaches us how style helps to create character. Learn how the "hero lens" and other tools can allow you to create vivid, specific characters with real personalities.

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Your Story Begins: A Talk about Story Openings

What is a good first paragraph for a story? How can you win your reader's interest in that opening sentence?