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There’s no such thing as the “good-enough sentence.” If your sentences aren’t crafted to tell your particular story or essay, they’re just getting in the way. Learn how to build sentences that grip the reader, evoke tone, deepen mood, reveal character, advance plot, and help a narrative breathe. You’ll complete lots of writing exercises to learn how to play with the sentence and master it so it serves a specific purpose. Bring a sample of your prose to first analyze and then revise your sentences. Warning: You may fall in love with the sentence.
Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.