@DFW_Writers tweeted link to Perfecting Your Prose at SMU. 2015-12-22 16:21:23 -0600
Learn how to perfect your prose with DFWWW Member, Tex Thompson during her 5-week class at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
It's the timeless tragedy of 8th-grade English: most of us spend our formative years alternating between abject terror and fathomless boredom, and smother whatever we learned about subordinate clauses as soon as we escape high school. Years later, the sad result is that many aspiring writers struggle with the essentials of good writing – and even excellent, experienced writers are often left working from gut instinct: we know what we've written is effective, but can't articulate why.
Perfecting Your Prose is... terror and fathomless boredom, and smother whatever we learned about subordinate clauses as soon as we escape high school. Years later, the sad result is that many aspiring writers struggle with the essentials of good writing – and even excellent, experienced writers are often left working from gut instinct: we know what we've written is effective, but can't articulate why.
- all about 'micro'-level writing
- suitable for writers of all skill levels
- an opportunity for you to submit your writing for peer & professional critique
- a great investment in your work!
In this class, we're ditching the sentence diagrams to focus exclusively on the grammatical, rhetorical, and linguistic concepts that writers of ALL skill levels can use to take their work to the next level.
Starting in week 1 with the smallest molecular unit of writing – the word – we'll work our way up through phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes, dissecting each in turn to discover what makes them tick. From participating in interactive discussions and presentations to revising first draft fiction and analyzing the work of A-list authors, you and your peers will work together through a variety of activities designed to make sure you finish the course with gold-star confidence in your knowledge of English – and a handsome vocabulary of writing-specific terms that you can use to continue improving for years to come.
Click here to register.
Membership is open to anyone 18 and older who desires to promote the art and craft of writing. There are no limitations on membership. Writers with any experience level — from multi-published to just starting out — are welcome to join! Member advantages include:
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Arianne "Tex" Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional writing instructor and editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is blazing a trail through conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com and on Twitter as @tex_maam!
One Night in Sixes - 2014
Medicine for the Dead - 2015
Dreams of the Eaten - 2017 (scheduled)
Death Becomes Us, by Pamela Skjolsvik - 2015 (editor)
- interactive, high-energy classes and presentations
- writers' retreats
- multi-session workshops
- school engagements
- book discussion groups
Please see current class descriptions - it will open as a PDF
Areas of Expertise:
- grammar and style for narrative/non-academic writing
- copy-editing and the revision process
- language, linguistics, and dialect
- progressive, inclusive sci-fi and fantasy
- worldbuilding for speculative fiction
- teaching, speaking, and socializing for introverts
- conference/convention organizing