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The Elements of Eloquence

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase

The Elements of Eloquence

This new BWW workshop will collaboratively review and practice the 39 figures of rhetoric as described in Mark Forsyth’s enlightening and entertaining book, “The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase.” As Forsyth puts it: “Now some people will tell you that great writing cannot be learnt. Such people should be hit repeatedly on the nose until they promise not to talk nonsense any more.”

This is the text we will use, available from Amazon as an e-book or paperback. The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase – Kindle edition by Forsyth, Mark. Reference Kindle eBooks @ I strongly recommend you read the “Look inside” to get a flavor of the author’s humor and how he discusses each element. You may purchase the book through bookstores or any online outlet you prefer.

Those signing up should make the following commitments: purchase the book, read the specific chapters before the workshop, and try the figures of speech in a line or two of their own work to share at the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to help us learn about the figures of speech and practice using them.

This workshop applies to writers in any genre. Forsyth provides examples from Shakespeare, Dickens, Jesus, James Bond, Dolly Parton, and John Lennon.

The kick-off workshop on June 27 will work out with the participants the plan for future workshops. On June 27, participants will discuss the Preface and Chapters 1-3: Alliteration, Polyptoton, and Antithesis. Please play with each of these in a few lines of your current writing and come prepared to share your creative experiments through ‘share screen’ or reading.

Rest of the dates TBD

For any questions, contact the host Millie Eidson.

Your host is Millie Eidson, BWW Secretary. Millie is a long-time participant in multiple BWW workshops and is the current host for the Romance workshop. She has also guest-hosted in “Read like a Writer” and the fiction novel workshops. BWW has been a core component in the development and publication of her short works and two microbial mystery novels. Millie is approaching this workshop as a joint learning experience for BWW authors to improve their craft.


June 27
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Millie Eidson

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