The Art of the Sentence

A Weekend Intensive with Janet Fitch

January 22-24, 2021

Pablo Neruda once said, “Two things make a story. The net and the air that falls through the net.”

If the net is plot, character, scene and story, the air is language, what happens inside the sentence. In this weekend intensive workshop, we’ll look at the possibilities of prose: sentence structure, diction and point of view, the poetics of rhythm, sound, image. We’ll explore the sentences of the great prose stylists, see how they produced their effects, and use their examples as jumping off points to experiment with new ways of handling prose. This workshop will get you out of habitual patterns and heighten your awareness of the possibilities of prose style, not for its own sake, but so that you can write more powerfully, more beautifully, with control and understanding, and develop awareness of style in literary fiction.

The Art of the Sentence is led by bestselling novelist, Janet Fitch.

The format combines lecture and generative exercises, in-class discussion and experiential assignments. Suitable for fiction writers, memoirists, poets and anyone ready to reconnect with their artistic potential.

This event will be held entirely on Zoom.

Five, two-hour sessions:
Friday: 6:00-8:00 pm (Pacific).
Saturday and Sunday: Twice daily: 10:00- 12:00 noon & again 6:00-8:00 pm (Pacific).

Note: Plan to do assignments outside  of class hours.


  • Early-Bird Tuition: $280 (Register by December 26, 2020)
  • Regular Tuition: $330. (Register by 9:00 AM Thursday, January 21)

This program is open to alums of the Community of Writers as well as members of the public. 

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