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Art of the Sentence, Art of the Paragraph

First-rate writers use all the sentence forms — not at random, but to carry particular meanings or emotions. This course is for those interested in revising across several short works or across a book-in-progress. We’ll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and write or revise our own. We’ll shape our sentences to intensify their content, perhaps using a shattered sentence (a fragment) to hold a shattering experience, or a slow, lazy sentence to hold a slow, lazy experience. We’ll also explore techniques for gathering language that is original, true to our own vision, and sonorous.

The registration dates for this class are 2/3 for Stanza-level donors, 2/4 for members, and 2/11 for general registration (different from the regular registration dates). We apologize for the inconvience.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Priscilla Long

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 03/24/2014

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 12

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General Price:

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Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author (poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction) and teacher of writing. New books: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press). Her book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Her other books are The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (2010) and Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (1989). Her science column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92 weeks on the website of The American Scholar (2011-2013). Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit

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