Write Sparkling Prose

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Whether you are a writer of fiction, memoir, or personal essay, this class will give you the tools to make your prose sparkle and draw-in readers beginning with the first sentence. Participants will learn the creative use of sensory detail, metaphor, word choice, and pacing, which will be discussed and applied through in-class exercises and short assignments. As inspiration, participants will use excerpts from works by Vladimir Nabokov, Jennifer Egan, Akhil Sharma, Joan Didion, and David Sedaris. Participants will also have an opportunity to receive feedback on the first five pages of a novel, memoir, or essay. Note: No meeting June 22nd.

About Pamela Toutant

Pamela Toutant is a creative writing teacher and a widely published creative non-fiction writer. Her work has appeared in numerous national and local publications, including, Salon, Ms. Magazine, Slate, The Washington Post, Redbook, The Washingtonian Magazine, Applause Magazine, and Bethesda Magazine. Her essay “Family Loyalty,” was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize. Pamela is a three-time recipient of a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship.

Teaching Style: Highly participatory and experiential.


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