What Poetry Can Teach Prose


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.

  • Instructor: Maria Browning

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, September 21

  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.

  • Location: Porch HQ

    2811 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204

  • Cost: $58/Non-Member; $52.20/Member **Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

What Our Students Say:

Maria Browning is an excellent writing instructor--open-minded, well-read, generous and insightful.”

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About the Instructor:  

Maria Browning is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Nashville SceneLiterary 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 attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Moss Fiction Workshop with Richard Bausch. She lives in White Bluff, Tennessee.