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Story Symposium – Preciousness in Writing

September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Story Symposium is a writing discussion group focused on process and theory. This is not a critique group, but rather a place to raise questions and seek solutions for style and narrative problems.

One problem plaguing writers is that of preciousness: self-indulgence, poetic pretense, excessive sentimentality, corny diction, etc. In order to get at the source of this problem, I thought we might read Friedrich Schiller’s classic essay, “On Naive and Sentimental Poetry,” which divides poetry into two styles, the classically “naive” (outwardly descriptive) and the modern “sentimental” (self-reflective).
http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/touchyfeelingsmaliciousobjects/SchillerOnNaiveandSentimentalPoetry.pdf

This is an open discussion. The reading is recommended but not required. Feel free to bring your own ideas and research to the topic.