We All Write Sentences

We All Write Sentences

Rebecca Gayle Howell
March 21 to March 25, 2016
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Poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers alike are all invited to consider the power of the English sentence--specifically, in pushing its boundaries--in this one-week intensive workshop. You will read across genres to discover masters of linguistic craft and learn to perform grammatical analysis for the sake of better serving the imagination. 

This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks, Cormac McCarthy, Emily Dickinson, Ross Gay, Halldór Laxness, Melville, Toni Morrison, Nabokov, Gerald Stern, C.K. Williams, Joy Williams--we will combine linguistic and creative craft study, learning to perform grammatical analysis for the sake of better serving the imagination. We will also "practice our scales," daily drafting, redrafting, and workshopping our own sentences as we learn to experiment with the expectations established by syntax. Our week will culminate in one-on-one video call conferences.


Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of Render /An Apocalypse and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, both of which received wide acclaim. Among Howell's honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Carson McCullers Center, and the Kentucky Arts Council, as well as a Pushcart Prize; since 2014 she has edited poetry for the Oxford American. Her new book, American Purgatory, was selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize and was released by London's Eyewear Publishing to both the U.K. and the U.S. in early 2017. Native to Kentucky, Howell is the James Still Writer in Residence at the Hindman Settlement School.

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