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What Poetry Can Teach Prose

Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said that “prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in the best order.” In this two-hour class, we’ll explore what prose writers in all genres can learn from the economy, intensity, subtlety, and precision of poetry. We’ll look at the importance of rhythm in crafting elegant, readable prose, and there’ll be some in-class exercises designed to sharpen your eye and ear for effective sentences. We’ll also discuss how the hypnotic power of poetry can help any writer tap into creative material.

About the Instructor:

Maria Browning is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Nashville Scene, Literary Hub, BMI MusicWorld, Still: The Journal, and Guernica. Since 2009, she has been a contributing writer at Chapter 16, a website devoted to covering the literary culture of Tennessee. She lives in White Bluff, Tennessee.