Sestinas 101

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Sestinas are the short stories of the poetry world—so this class is perfect for fiction writers as well as poets. Take a crack at a sestina or learn how to write better ones in this fun and informative class. Sestinas often fail because writers don’t pair the form with the right sized story/idea, so we’ll begin with brainstorming exercises. We’ll study how a few good sestinas work, and begin to draft our own. The instructor will offer lots of tips and insights on how to work in this form. While practicing sestinas, you’ll build your literary muscles with repetition, diction, storytelling, pacing, description, and more.

About Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg, author of the award-winning poetry collection, Trace, has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and others. As a certified professional coach, she offers women’s writing retreats and helps writers to finish projects, tame their inner critics, and add more ease and productivity to their creative lives. More about her at:

Teaching Style: With over 25 years of teaching expertise, Melanie is a skilled and generous instructor. Her classes are well-organized but flexible—and include an effective combination of discussion, lecture, and in-class exercises/workshops. She also offers detailed, helpful feedback on student work with clear ideas of how to proceed with revision. Melanie is determined that students leave her classes with new skills, a deeper understanding of craft, and a lasting excitement for writing and reading.


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