Aug. 17, 2022

Replay: #18 Several Short Sentences About Writing: A Masterclass on Becoming a Better Writer | Verlyn Klinkenborg, Author & Yale Professor

Replay: #18 Several Short Sentences About Writing: A Masterclass on Becoming a Better Writer | Verlyn Klinkenborg, Author & Yale Professor

In this replay episode, we explore becoming a better writer. We’re joined by Verlyn Klinkenborg, author and Yale professor. We cover learning from farm life and work, finding rhythm in writing, and debunking writing cliches.


In Episode #18, we explore becoming a better writer. We’re joined by Verlyn Klinkenborg, author and Yale professor. We cover learning from farm life and work, finding rhythm in writing, and debunking writing cliches. 

“So what I do now is essentially help students escape from their education. That's my enterprise every year. And it's always fun, because they escape quite readily. They all know that what they're making in their classes is an artificial product that doesn't actually have any particular interest for anyone except them.” – Verlyn Klinkenborg 

EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)

https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/verlyn-klinkenborg-outliers-show-notes 

FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT

https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/verlyn-klinkenborg-outliers-transcript 

CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to becoming a better writer. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:00:35) – Rural life and the “home place”
  • (00:03:56) – Raising animals and eating meat
  • (00:09:20) – Learnings from farm life and work
  • (00:13.48) – Verlyn’s reading habits
  • (00:19:51) – Physical vs. digital books
  • (00:26:53) – Verlyn’s book Several Short Sentences About Writing
  • (00:33:01) – What is academic prose?
  • (00:38:21) – Why people should use shorter sentences in writing
  • (00:42:56) – Finding rhythm in writing
  • (00:47:01) – Self authorization and noticing the world around you
  • (00:53:38) – Writing cliches that are untrue
  • (00:58:16) – What to expect from a class with Verlyn
  • (01:04:56) – Writing is rooted in experience more than language


ABOUT SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

Verlyn Klinkenborg teaches creative writing at Yale University, and was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times for 16 years. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, and National Geographic, and he has authored several books, including Several Short Sentences About Writing. This book aims to debunk general cliches about writing and creativity and remove obstacles keeping us from clear self-expression.

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