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The Writer’s Chronicle: “Writerly Fingerprints: Syntax as Style”

By virtue of the relative clarity with which they develop ideas and map out logical relationships in a pleasing ebb-and-flow movement, cumulative sentences abound in fiction.

Since we writers enjoy unique and multifarious rhythmic experiences, it is crucial for us to understand how syntax can help change the pace of our sentences, accelerating, interrupting, or retarding them, “using variations in sound to create differing emphasis.” Different types of sentences achieve different stylistic and emotional effects. Read more…

The Tishman Review: “Poking a Stick in the Eye of Silence: An Interview with Martha Cooley”
Volume 3/Issue 4, October 2017, pp. 137–142

Martha Cooley is a long-standing member of PEN America, a contributing editor for A Public Space, a professor of English at Adelphi University, and the author of The Archivist, Thirty-Three Swoons, and most recently the memoir, Guesswork: A Reckoning with Loss. Begun as a journal, her memoir in essays takes place primarily in Castiglione del Terrier, a small Italian town in the Lunigiana region where Martha repairs with her husband, Antonia Romani, to write and work on co-translating Antonio Tabucchi into English. Read more…

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  • Images of Colleen Olle, a bale of hay, and the cover of Sophia and Sinclair Get Lost!

My Interview for Lauri Fortino’s Frog on a (B)Log Website

I’m so pleased that Lauri Fortino interviewed me for her Frog on a (B)Log website! My picture book, Sophia and Sinclair Get Lost!, fits her 2024 focus on animal- and/or nature-themed stories. Like me, Lauri is a member of 12 x 12 and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She is also a retired library assistant, a freelance writer and transcriptionist, and author of the children’s picture book, The Peddler’s Bed, which she... Read more ❯

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