International Women's Writing Guild
PUNCTUATE: Little Marks, Big Effects
“Punctuate” means “to point out,” from a Latin word meaning “to prick, pierce.” Isn’t that, really, all we want our writing to do: pierce the reader? In this interactive, hands-on inquiry for writers of all genres, we’ll discuss sample verse and prose to observe the effects of the period, comma, colon, semi-colon, slash, em-dash, parentheses and ellipses, as well as the absence of punctuation, then practice applying these choices to our own writings.
Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs and pairs poems with craft beers, craft spirits, and coffees.
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