We turn to books for many reasons – for intellectual stimulation, entertainment, solace, the satisfaction of personal curiosity, the mastering of new skills, and the simple camaraderie of fellow readers. Each of these pleasures can be developed and deepened by learning how to read like a writer. Using the book Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose as a guide, we’ll look at strategies writers use to pull readers into their stories. We’ll focus on devices both large and small (from narrative arcs to the artful sentence) and share careful observations about a handful of wonderful books, including the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.
Seattle poet Julie Larios teaches in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been published widely in reviews and magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, and Poetry Northwest. She is the author of four poetry collections for children and has had work included twice in The Best American Poetry series. Recently she was awarded a fellowship by the Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust. Find out more about Julie at her blog.
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