U of Iowa professor, Brooks Landon gave Ankeny Writers the full scoop. And, thank you Dr. Landon. What a wonderful morning. Complements of Humanities Iowa. Check out Humanities Iowa for a wonderful array of opportunities for learning and education.
Here are some takeaways.
· The style manual “The Elements of Style” often referred to as “Strunk & White” (which Time Magazine named in 2011 one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923) is not the “be all and end all” in prose writing. Who knew? I have one on my desk.
· The admonition to “be concise” wasn’t always followed even by Hemingway. Who knew?
· There’s plenty to be said for a longer sentence, particularly the “Cumulative Sentence.” “To give any sentence more of a cumulative form, simply replace its period with a comma and start adding modifying phrases.” Who knew?
· Adverbs aren’t always your enemy. Adjectives can be friends, too Try telling that to Stephen King, who preaches more than he practices. Who knew?
· Ankeny writers learned to identify a number of sentences and use terms to describe “style.” Recommend Landon’s book.
· At least one in our group had taken Landon’s “Great Courses” lecture series “Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft.“