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Writing Life Workshop: 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way with Geraldine Woods

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:00 PM
for members only | by donation | registration required



We all know the basic structure of a sentence: a subject/verb pair expressing a complete thought and ending with proper punctuation. But that classroom definition doesn’t begin to describe the ways in which these elements can combine to resonate with us as we read, to make us stop and think, laugh or cry.

25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way unpacks powerful examples of “the smallest element differentiating one writer’s style from another’s, a literary universe in a grain of sand.” And that universe is very large: the hundreds of memorable sentences gathered here come from sources as wide-ranging as Edith Wharton and Yogi Berra, Toni Morrison and Yoda, T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx.

Join master teacher Geraldine Woods to take apart classic sentences, see how they tick, and apply their secrets to your own writing. Each session lasts 75-90 minutes.

Geraldine Woods has taught English at every level from fifth grade through Advanced Placement, most recently at the Horace Mann School. She is the author of numerous nonfiction books for adults and children, including 25 Great Sentences.

The Writing Life events in 2020 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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