Precision in Language

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Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. Participants will look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and discuss what makes an expression fresh rather than expected, where and how to find the mot juste (the exact, appropriate word), and why precision can succeed in getting your work noticed. Mine your bookshelves and come to class with one or two brief passages in which the author uses language with an evocative precision.

About Virginia Hartman

2019 Pushcart Prize nominee Virginia Hartman has published work in the Hudson Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Potomac Review, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, among others. She is the co-editor of the literary anthology A More Perfect Union: Poems and Stories about the Modern Wedding (St. Martin’s Press). She holds an M.F.A. from American University and is on the creative writing faculty at George Washington University.

Teaching Style: Virginia works toward creating a fun atmosphere while personalizing the session to the participants. In this session we get to express our love for language and to work toward getting the most from what we put on the page.


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