What is the relationship between form and content? How do novelists create suspense with syntax? How can an effective sentence become a brilliant one? Explore these questions by studying the work and techniques of some great prose stylists. Apply what you’ve learned to in-class writing exercises. Lectures will cover topics such as diction, imagery, and cadence, heightening our attention to language, and expanding our repertoire of imaginative prose.
Deborah Lichtman has taught literature and writing for 30 years. She directed the M.F.A. in Writing Program at USF, where she was also associate professor of writing, and has been a visiting professor at Mills College and UC Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, and advises the Certificate Program in Writing at UC Berkeley Extension.