Make Your Prose Sing

with Leslie Lawrence

make your prose sing writing course

November 2, 2022
Single-Day Webinar


Whatever your genre, you can make your prose more powerful by employing the techniques that poets have long used. When you do, your readers pay attention and become intoxicated by your work. In this workshop, we will piggyback off select poems and prose excerpts in order to propel us into an authentic place where our words can surprise us with their beauty and originality. Bring paper and pens; leave with a better ear and lots of ideas about how to make your prose sing.

Learning and Writing Goals

In this workshop you will train your ear to identify the sonic tools poets use to emphasize meaning and heighten feeling.

You will learn which of these tools are also available to the prose writer.

You will gain practice in identifying sentences and passages that “sing” and those that veer off-key.

You will leave having revised the clumsy parts in a hand-out, and having written an original passage that incorporates some of the tools you’ve been learning about.

Zoom schedule

This workshop meets from 2-4 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time.

2-2:15. Brief introductions to each other and the class

2:15-2:45 Reading of a poem, identifying its sonic elements and discussing how they impact your reactions

2:45-3:00 A chance to edit parts of a handed-out passage that is clumsy in spots.

3:00-3:45. Reading of a lyrical prose passage, attempting your own and sharing it with others.

3:45-4 Take-aways

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November 2, 2022
Single-Day Webinar


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Leslie Lawrence was raised in Queens and attended New York City’s public schools. A graduate of Oberlin College, Brown University, and Goddard College’s M.F.A. program (now Warren Wilson), she is a recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been published in many journals and periodicals, including Prairie Schooner, Witness, Solstice, The Forward, and The Boston Globe Magazine. A devoted teacher, Lawrence received Boston University’s Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching. Currently, she conducts writing workshops from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she also practices a dance form called contact improvisation. The Death of Fred Astaire, her collection of essays, is available from SUNY Press.

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